Co-STAR Award

Bill DeCora, Lalonnie Erickson-Baker, Melody Hansen and Gregory Johnson
Administration, Finance and Property Services Department

Deputy Chief Financial Officer Sandy Christensen nominated the team for its work on COMET and upgrading 12 complex modules within its finance system that cover vastly different areas of operation and business processes.

“This was the core team that worked together under LaLonnie's direction to ensure that the upgrade of the City's enterprise financial system, which is part of the new COMET system, went as smoothly and successfully as it did. LaLonnie and her team coordinated and supported the complex and significant work:

“The Finance side of COMET was timely and within budget because of this team’s work. They were essential to the success of the upgrade to this significant enterprise system. All of this was done while they were also working to manage and maintain the City’s old financial system including the coordination and management of enhancements and changes to it to keep it operational during this time.

“LaLonnie, with her team, provided the organization and structure around the Finance upgrade.  Together, they ensured everyone worked together to identify and address issues, develop and document specifications and configurations, and test and ensure things worked. They worked to educate and inform Finance system users and managers. This ensured all the right people were involved and participating; that changes and improvements were identified, documented and tested; and that the upgrade effort was adequately staffed and managed to success.

“This was the core team that worked together under LaLonnie's direction to ensure that the upgrade of the finance system went as smoothly and successfully as it did.”

Published Feb 23, 2016



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