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Kane chairman's quest for county raises continuing

GENEVA – A raise that will bring the salary of Kane County’s emergency communications director to $96,600 is one step closer to approval.

Brad Sauer is among nine county directors poised to receive a 5 percent raise as part of Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen’s effort to make their salaries more comparable to those offered in nearby counties.

Together, the raises amount to nearly $50,000, but the total cost is closer to $60,000 when considering increases for FICA and the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund, according to information provided by Lauzen.

He said the raises will not cost taxpayers extra money because of savings elsewhere.

Lauzen began introducing the proposed raises last month at standing committee meetings, and the full County Board discussion is expected in April. Friday, he told the Judicial and Public Safety Committee about Sauer’s qualifications and experience, which includes more than 28 years in law enforcement with such agencies as the Sugar Grove Police Department and Kendall County Sheriff’s Department.

As director of emergency communications, Sauer has re-established regular Kane­Comm meetings, re-established the deputy director position and, among other accomplishments, upgraded radio equipment.

His current salary is $92,000, making him the lowest paid 911 director when compared to those in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will, McHenry, Kendall and DeKalb counties, according to Lauzen’s information.

Sauer will remain the lowest paid even with the 5 percent raise, Lauzen said.

“Once again, we require superior work quality,” Lauzen said.

Committee members made brief comments before unanimously voting to forward Sauer’s proposed raise to the next committee in the approval process.

“Brad is so deserving of this,” said Theresa Barreiro, D-Aurora.

Brian Pollock, D-Aurora, noted that the other committees moved similar requests forward and encouraged uniformity.

Lauzen said he appreciated the committee’s support and that he hopes it continues throughout the approval process.

“I do need your support,” he said.

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