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Local Government

North Aurora looks for village administrator, community development director

NORTH AURORA – The village is having to look for a new village administrator and a community development director.

Village Administrator Wes Kornowske has resigned to take a position with a national trucking company in Green Bay, Wis. His last day is Aug. 23.

He did not name the company, saying it was a private firm.

“It’s been a great working environment here,” Kornowske said. “It’s just a career change for me.”

Kornowske is from Green Bay. North Aurora Police Chief David Summer will be interim administrator. Kornowske had been the village’s chief administrative officer since March 2010 before being promoted to village administrator last year.

The village also is looking for a director of community and economic development.

The Batavia City Council on Monday named Scott Buening, who had held the same position in North Aurora, as the city’s community director.

Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke appointed Buening to the post with the advice and consent of the council.

Buening had been North Aurora’s community development director since 2008 after holding the same position in Sugar Grove. He is filling the vacancy left by Jerry Swanson, who had been with the city since 2005 before recently retiring.

Buening, who will earn $111,244 a year, was one of two finalists for the position.

The other finalist was John Said, Morton Grove’s community and economic development director.

As community development director, Buening will oversee planning, zoning, building inspections and code compliance.

“I’m excited about the new appointment in Batavia and the challenges it will provide,” Buening said.

He will start in his position Aug. 27.

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