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Interim Animal Control director resigns

State’s Attorney’s Office statement adds no details on reason

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 12:13 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, May 8, 2014 7:42 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – The head of Kane County Animal Control resigned – effective Wednesday – according to a statement issued Wednesday afternoon by the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

“Robert Sauceda has resigned as interim Animal Control administrator of Kane County, Illinois, effective May 7, 2014,” reads the statement. “There will be no additional comment.”

The Kane County Board had been expected next week to take action on the personnel matter involving Sauceda, Chairman Chris Lauzen told reporters early Wednesday.

Lauzen’s announcement had followed about an hour of closed-session discussion in which Human Resources Executive Director Sheila McCraven, Health Department Executive Director Barb Jeffers and State’s Attorney Joe McMahon were present.

The chairman had not specified what the action might be, just that “further action will be taken up Tuesday.”

Action came earlier than expected, per the statement from the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Lauzen indicated during the Wednesday meeting that McMahon was the county’s spokesperson on the issue, which the state’s attorney described as a personnel matter – not a criminal or civil matter.

County officials have not commented on the nature of the research. Sauceda’s employment status came into question over the weekend.

Board member Melisa Taylor, R-Sugar Grove, said she received communication from two sources from within the department that Sauceda had to leave Animal Control on Friday and was on paid administrative leave.

Sauceda has said he cannot comment on his work status with the county.

He was made interim administrator in November at an annual salary of $65,000.

Lauzen had said someone on Jeffers’ staff would assume Sauceda’s duties during his absence. The health department oversees Animal Control.

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