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Committee authorizes 
hiring freeze exceptions

GENEVA – The Kane County Finance and Budget Committee has helped clear the way to fill county personnel positions after the post-election County Board reorganization.

During a meeting Wednesday in Geneva, the committee authorized an exception to the county’s hiring freeze to replace the health department’s director of disease control and a kennel assistant with the county’s animal control department.

Committee Chairman Jim Mitchell said the committee also is waiting for the board to reorganize before filling a finance director position. The position has been vacant since the former director moved out of state.

Mitchell said when the position became vacant, two staff accountants took on the extra workload. To compensate them for their extra work, the finance committee approved a temporary stipend of $800 a month. Because the county hasn’t been paying a full-time finance director, he expects the county to come in under budget in that department, even if the full board approves the temporary stipends.

Mitchell said the County Board will hold off on hiring a finance director until after elections so new members can have a say in who secures the position.

“The reason we didn’t fill it was because of the new board,” he said. “... It didn’t make sense.”

The board also will hold off until after elections before hiring the director of disease prevention, a position that will become vacant after Nov. 9.

The kennel assistant position opened up about two weeks ago when former assistant Betsy Manak was hired to fill a different county job.

Barbara Jeffers, interim executive director for the Kane County Health Department, said the position is an entry-level job and should be filled relatively quickly.

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