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St. Louis Assessor’s Office Implements Personal Property Declarations Online

In January 2017, the City of St. Louis agreed to partner with DEVNET Inc. on Personal Property and Real Estate Assessment Administration, Tax Calculation, Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal System (CAMA), Personal Property Online Filing Website, and EdgeMaps applications. In 2019, many of these software components will go live; DEVNET’s Personal Property Assessment Administration and the Online Filing website went live at the end of January, and online taxpayers and the St. Louis City Assessor’s Office leadership team is enthusiastic about the implementation.


“The City of St. Louis recently converted to DEVNET Inc.’s Personal Property CAMA application, and we couldn’t be happier with the results,” said Michael Dauphin, City of St. Louis Assessor. “Our employees transitioned from an antiquated mainframe system that had been in place for approximately 30 years. The transition has been as smooth as we could have hoped. DEVNET provided training that was thorough and extremely effective.”


Initially, the Assessor’s Office anticipated that 5,000 tax filings would be entered on the new website. Currently, there have been over 15,000 declarations with more coming each day. DEVNET Inc. and the City of St. Louis are delighted by the overwhelmingly positive response to new website.


“The project includes a component that allows taxpayers to declare their personal property online and has been a huge hit with the public,” Dauphin noted. “Given the recent postage hike and our office’s efforts to be environmentally conscious, the online functionality affords taxpayers a convenient, cost-efficient alternative to mailing in declarations. We are looking forward to fully converting to DEVNET’s Real Estate CAMA application in 2020.”


DEVNET’s Richard Lynskey promoted to Lead Software Developer

DEVNET is pleased to announce that Richard Lynskey has been promoted to Lead Software Developer. Lynskey has been with DEVNET for 10 years, starting as a Junior Programmer and progressing to Senior Software Developer. He has helped develop and support DEVNET projects in seven states in the U.S.


In his new role, Lynskey will oversee all updates and improvements to DEVNET’s internal desktop development tools, look after the transition to a new internal issue tracker, and ensure the consistency of DEVNET applications across teams.


“One of my goals is to streamline everything that we can in between our developers finishing a change and the program being released to clients,” Lynskey explained, “Not only to get applications ready for our customers more quickly, but also to reduce the amount of time our staff spends manually building updates.”


DEVNET Vice President of Software Support Michael Sager has come to rely on Lynskey’s eye for detail, judgement, and vision of how the DEVNET EdgeTM framework should be structured.


“With DEVNET’s latest framework upgrade, it has become quite apparent to me that Richard’s skills have only gained in strength over the years,” Sager said. “As Lead Software Developer, Richard will be the custodian of DEVNET’s EdgeTM products framework, guiding and instructing programmers on the best practice to use within this framework in solving problems as well as set standards for internal documentation. As time goes on, he will implement upgrades and changes to these areas, helping DEVNET keep up with changes in technology and procedures. I have every confidence in Richard’s abilities, and the future of DEVNET’s EdgeTM product is in good hands.”



Candace Rudny Moves to DEVNET Help Desk Assistant Manager

DEVNET Inc. is happy to announce that Candace Rudny has been named Help Desk Assistant Manager. Rudny joined DEVNET in 2015 as a Help Desk Associate. In her new position, she will have a larger role in the day-to-day operations of the Help Desk department.


“I anticipate many great things for us here in the Help Desk,” said Rudny. “I’m pleased to have seen our growth as a team in this department, and I’m excited to see even more as time goes on. Our client base is full of so many different wonderful personalities, and I have truly enjoyed getting to know and work with them over the years.”


“Candace has continually shown herself to be a most diligent and insightful person, as well as a genuine pleasure to work with,” said DEVNET Help Desk Manager Brian McGinley. “She has done everything to push for the betterment of the department and has helped me directly with molding our new Help Desk platform, Zendesk. Candace has a keen sense of the sheer volume of work that the department turns over every day. Her suggestions and ideas will be used to push us towards a more agile and efficient department.”


Since starting at DEVNET in 2015, along with her work accomplishments, Rudny has obtained a Bachelor’s degree, gotten married, and had two children.


“DEVNET has been incredibly supportive every step of the way,” Rudny noted. “I have greatly enjoyed the time I’ve been able to spend here with this team, and I think we all work very well together. They’ve become my work family, and I am so grateful for that. DEVNET has been an incredible place for me to really be able to grow into my professional self. They’re very family-friendly, and they provide many opportunities for us to be able to meet our full potential. I can’t thank them enough for all they have done and all they continue to do for me! I’ve learned a lot from my time here, and I continue to learn as time goes on.”


McGinley commented that he and the Help Desk staff, which also includes Tristan Hoffman, Rachel Hunley, Kristen Stubblefield, and Jennifer Springmire, will benefit from Rudny’s promotion and department changes in general. “Candace’s tact and insightfulness will be the hand to guide change amongst the team and our clients. Luckily, this should be an easy job, since we have a such a professional and knowledgeable team.”