Section 23D. A city by ordinance and a town by by-law may provide for the establishment of a municipal data processing center for the use of any department, office, board, committee or agency of the city or town, including the school committee and any public authority or special district within the town and for the appointment of a data processing coordinator.
The data processing center shall be under the supervision and control of the coordinator and shall provide programs or systems for the collection, processing, storage and retrieval of information, and the preparation of reports.
Such ordinance or by-law may provide for the establishment and duties of an advisory board to assist the coordinator in planning and scheduling the use of the data processing center.
The coordinator may also serve in any other public office or position in the city or town, notwithstanding any provision of any general or special law to the contrary. The office or position of coordinator shall not be subject to the provisions of chapter thirty-one.