They agreed to buy the Telestaff Uniform Scheduling Software from Kronos Incorporated for $134,710.
The program does away with paper scheduling and overtime slips, said Deanna Sheets, director of the city's Strategy Management and Internal Operations.
Firefighters can now easily log employee hours and schedule vacation time. Previously, this was all done on spreadsheets and was very time-consuming, she said. If a firefighter wanted to take a vacation, he or she would have to ask for it a year in advance.
The Charleston Police Department's Uniform Services Division can also keep better track of which officers are assigned to patrol certain areas.
The system generates reports to give officials an understanding of where the department's money is going. The software shows a complete roster of employees maintaining military leave, jury duty leave and sick leave.
"The police and fire chiefs can be at home on Friday night and check the system on their iPads to see where everyone is at," Sheets said.
The city also agreed to upgrade its scheduling software for $32,465.
Reach Travis Crum at travis.c...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.