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Ex-police chief Sauer named KaneComm interim director

Published: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 4:02 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Jan. 11, 2013 11:14 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – The man who served in 2012 as both the chief of police in Sugar Grove and as Kane County’s coroner has accepted a new job, as the temporary head of Kane County’s emergency services dispatch office.

Former Sugar Grove police Chief Brad Sauer was selected Friday by Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen to serve as the interim director of KaneComm.

KaneComm is one of the region’s public safety dispatch and 911 call centers, helping to facilitate the response to emergency calls in rural areas of Kane County, as well as in the communities of Campton Hills, South Elgin, Maple Park, Kaneville, Big Rock and others in northern and western Kane.

The Tri-Cities and Elburn are served by Tri-Com Central Dispatch, while other communities in the southern portions of the county are served by the village of Montgomery’s Police Dispatch center.

KaneComm’s director position has been vacant since October, when former Director Jennifer Baustian resigned. Lauzen said he was surprised to find that the post had been vacant for that long while other positions were filled on an interim basis.

“What if there had been a large-scale emergency that required someone to be in that office?” Lauzen said. “We’ve addressed that now.”

Lauzen said he selected Sauer based on his experience leading Sugar Grove’s police department and his service as interim Kane County coroner in the closing months of 2012.

Sauer had been appointed to that position by former Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay following the death of Coroner Chuck West.

Lauzen said Sauer had “demonstrated competence and sensitivity” as interim coroner, and he expected Sauer to also excel as the interim KaneComm director.

Sauer will serve at Kane­Comm for “five to six months,” Lauzen said, while the county conducts a search for a full-time director for the dispatch center.

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