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Batavia consultant Aiston charged with DUI

Published: Friday, Jan. 31, 2014 12:32 p.m. CST • Updated: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014 7:35 a.m. CST
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Former St. Charles economic development director Chris Aiston, 55, of the 700 block of James Street, Geneva, was charged last week by the Geneva Police Department for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The Geneva Police Department released the report today. The Batavia City Council in August voted to hire Aiston as an independent contractor for economic development services.

Aiston left his St. Charles post in July. He had been there since 2009. He has more than 20 years of experience in planning, zoning and economic development, including stints in Geneva, Kane County and DeKalb County in addition to St. Charles.

His arrest occurred in the 1500 block of East State Street at 11:21 p.m. Jan. 22 following an accident. He also was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and driving too fast for conditions.

His arrest did not happen while he was on business for Batavia. Batavia City Administrator Bill McGrath said the city was notified after it happened.

"He wasn't doing anything with the city at the time it happened," McGrath said. "I don't see how this impacts the work he has been doing for us. He's been doing a real nice job."

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