As of November, Rob Sauceda of South Elgin is Kane County’s interim animal control administrator, and with a salary of $65,000, he was given 12 months to prove his worth.
Sauceda started out his appointment as an interim billing manager, proved his mettle by restoring the troubled department’s financial footing and gained support of other board members for the interim post.
Sauceda began in Kane County politics as an insurance agent who ran and lost in the Republican primary last year against a two-term incumbent Michael Kenyon.
In January, three months from a campaign in which he criticized his predecessors for politically motivated hiring practices, Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen came under criticism for promoting the hiring of political supporter Sauceda for a job in the county’s animal control department.
In February, Lauzen, in a letter to the Kane County Chronicle, defended his support for Sauceda: “Over the objections of some of my political supporters, I appointed political opponents because I believe that they are the most competent to fill the roles to serve our mutual constituents. Likewise, this is my firm assessment regarding Rob Sauceda.”
Making Sauceda an interim administrator was a nod to those who didn’t feel fully confident in supporting the nomination, Lauzen said.
– Brenda Schory