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Published: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

Thumbs down: When Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen ran for office last year, he attacked what he had called “cronyism” in Kane County government. He vowed to eradicate it. But now, only months into his position, Lauzen is facing criticism as he is promoting Robert Sauceda, a political supporter, for a job in the county’s animal control department.

Lauzen sought to hire Sauceda to lead animal control but withdrew his nomination after County Board members didn’t support the idea.

Sauceda had listed experience as an insurance agent and sales manager.

Now Lauzen says that Sauceda is among the candidates being considered for a billing manager position in animal control. But even if Sauceda were the best candidate for that job, Lauzen should understand it’s questionable for him to seek to fill the spot with a political supporter of his.

And given that Lauzen campaigned against cronyism, it’s puzzling he would attempt such a move – there have got to be others qualified and available to fill the billing manager post.

“Chris [Lauzen] is on the right path because there is definitely a problem and he’s addressing it,” board member Mike Kenyon said earlier this week. “But in government, we’re supposed to go based on resumes when we hire.”

We are disappointed there is even an appearance that Lauzen would be engaging in something he fought against during his campaign.

In filling the billing manager position, Lauzen would be wise to consider those who are adequately qualified and not tied to him politically.

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