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County Board hires Onzick as new CFO

Published: Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – Kane County’s government has hired a chief financial officer.

The County Board unanimously approved Wednesday the selection of Joseph Onzick to serve as the county’s new executive director of finance.

Onzick, of North Aurora, has worked in finance for years, County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said.

Onzick is certified as a public accountant and holds a master’s degree in business administration, two qualifications Lauzen said were key in his choice to recommend Onzick to the board.

Onzick currently is controller at Aurora University and has previously held other financial officer positions, Lauzen said, including experience at NexGen Software Technologies in Naperville and in the nonprofit sector.

Onzick has not worked in government before, Lauzen said.

Reached by phone after Wednesday’s County Board meeting, Onzick confirmed he applied for the Kane County CFO position but said he was unaware of the County Board’s vote and withheld further comment until a later time.

Lauzen said Onzick is scheduled to begin his new duties with the county early next week. He will earn an annual salary of $115,000.

Onzick’s hiring ends a monthslong search conducted by Kane County officials to find a finance director.

The position has been vacant since former Finance Director Cheryl Pattelli resigned last summer to take a similar government finance job in Colorado.

Lauzen said finding a finance director had been among his top priorities since he took office as chairman in December.

Lauzen said Onzick was the best among four candidates he had interviewed for the job because his experience and certifications – as well as his residency within Kane County – helped him stand out.

Onzick will help the County Board by supplying “very accurate information,” Lauzen said, something he believes the board needs most from its finance director.

Lauzen said Onzick will work as a part of a county finance team, which also will include Kane County Treasurer David Rickert, to help the county formulate budgets and set tax levies, among other tasks.

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