During an emergency, Croocker needs to be able not just to call other officials, but to participate in online forums with community agencies, such as local hospitals and the United Way, and access the state Department of Health and Human Services inventory system, a Web based application that allows the city to order emergency supplies during a disaster.
"Really, it falls back to redundant communication and accessibility," Croocker said. "One of the means to do that is to have an Internet connection."
The school department spends another $2,000 $2,500, according to a search of city and school billing records for January April.
Since Lozeau uses her personal cell phone, public records don't show who's on her most called list.
Croocker was at a conference in New Jersey when the H1N1 flu scare broke two years ago. She was able to use her Blackberry to easily stay up to date via e mail and get conference call information while on the road because of the Internet capability of her phone, she said.
"It just makes it easier to keep in communication as emergency services require."
Croocker, an emergency preparedness coordinator in the Department of Health, has two devices. She carries a Blackberry and also a wireless Internet card that allows her to access the Web anywhere there's a cell signal.
Morrissey said he can access the department's computer assisted dispatching system through his phone. He also gets updates from the deputy chiefs on emergency scenes via e mail.
One of the components of the grant that pays her salary is that she help establish redundant forms of communication and is capable of contacting city and state emergency officials during an emergency.
below that in the other months: 1,877 in January and 1,698 in March.
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"They keep me up to date on stuff that's happening in real time," he said. "It's become just a piece of equipment that we rely on to get real time information as quickly as possible."
Despite his propensity for being on the phone, Lowe didn't return calls seeking comment.
"We use that medium as a way to get back and forth communicating between the staff and me," Sousa said in a phone message. "The reason that we use texting is that it's easier."
Another emergency services employee topped the list of most expensive phones. Fire Chief Brian Morrissey's Blackberry cost the city around $90 a month in March and April.
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of equipment that's more or less essential in my position," Morrissey said. "I'm available most days 24 hours a day. It makes our ability to make good and quality decisions a lot easier.
Croocker used the most kilobytes of data during each of the four months, usually around 1.3 or 1.4 million kilobytes, and 3.7 million in January. Croocker, whose position is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the devices are more than convenient; in many ways, they're required for someone in her position.
Lowe, the collection system foreman at the Department of Public Works wastewater treatment Beats Portable Speaker facility, is on the phone a lot. He topped 2,000 minutes twice 2,011 in February and 2,265 in April in the four months and was just Ghd Air
Sousa said texting is a particularly useful way for him to stay in touch when he's in meetings and can't talk on the phone.
to be more mobile and deployable rapidly."
The city spent another $16,000 in fiscal 2011 reimbursing employees who use personal phones for business purposes, according to Mayor Donnalee Lozeau.
The four months of city cell phone bills reviewed by The Telegraph reveal who uses their phones how and how much.
At that rate, taxpayers would spend more than $60,000 on city owned cell phones annually.
Transportation Department manager Mark Sousa's phone was the most expensive in the remaining two months of the Telegraph's review, January and February. He also sent the most text messages in January, with 247.
Sousa, who supervises transit and parking employees, said sending text messages to his far flung employees just makes sense.
The city, including the Police Department, which has a separate wireless contract, spends around $3,000 a month on Verizon Wireless and Sprint cell phones and Blackberrys.
Then there's the fact that she works in towns throughout Greater Nashua coordinating emergency preparedness plans, and therefore does a lot of her work away from the office and its land line Internet hookup.
"On a day to day basis, (not having a cellphone) would bog down the efficiency of the program," Croocker said. "In an emergency, it would definitely limit our ability to respond quickly and appropriately.
Nashua taxpayers spend thousands for city employees' phones
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