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Kane County Board to consider 5 percent raises

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 5:38 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 4:25 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – The Kane County Board should decide next week if nine directors will receive 5 percent raises.

The Executive Committee on Wednesday moved the proposed increases for these employees to the April 8 agenda: Brad Sauer, director of emergency communications; Mark VanKerkhoff, director of development and community services; Scott Berger, director of community reinvestment; and Roger Fahnestock, chief information officer.

Salary adjustments for five other directors – Barb Jeffers, public health; Donald Bryant, emergency management; Mark Armstrong, assessments; Sheila McCraven, human resources; and Joe Onzick, finance – were held over from the March County Board meeting.

Various committees have discussed the salary adjustments, but this will be the first time the full County Board will consider the proposals.

Board members Barb Wojnicki, R-Campton Hills, and Melisa Taylor, R-Sugar Grove, have said they intend to vote against the raises. Doug Scheflow, R-Elgin, has opposed the proposals in committee. Board Chairman Chris Lauzen began introducing the proposed raises in February.

He has said the salary adjustments will help better align the their compensation with their counterparts in other nearby counties.

According to information provided by Lauzen, the increases themselves will cost almost $50,000. The total cost, however, is closer to $60,000 when including FICA and Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund costs.

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

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