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County posts ad for Animal Control job

GENEVA – Kane County seeks a new Animal Control administrator as officials address an ongoing situation with a second employee in that agency, county officials said Tuesday.

Interim Administrator Robert Sauceda resigned from his position May 7. County officials previously had said there was a personnel matter involving Sauceda, but no specifics were given.

After the Kane County Board meeting Tuesday, Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon said there is no separation agreement or severance regarding Sauceda's departure. He also said there was a second employee involved.

"That situation is ongoing," McMahon said.

McMahon said that person is still employed by the county, but he would not comment on the individual's work status.

County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said the county is seeking applications for Animal Control administrator. He said internal and external candidates will be considered.

"It's all-comers," Lauzen said. "We want to find the most qualified person."

Posted May 8 on the county website, the job description for the senior management position includes such minimum requirements as experience in local, state or federal government; proficiency in oral and written communication; three years' experience in providing Animal Control or a closely related public or community health program; and a Masters of Business Management or a bachelor's degree in public administration or related field.

The listed salary range is $65,000 to $70,000 for 40-plus hours a week. The application deadline is May 23.

Meanwhile, Lauzen said, someone from Barb Jeffers' staff is filling in. Jeffers is the executive director of the health department, who oversees Animal Control.

In other Animal Control news, the County Board tabled its decision to change the agency's name to Kane County Animal Care and Control – an idea brought forward by Sauceda.

Melisa Taylor, R-Sugar Grove, noted the resolution was proposed by someone no longer employed with the county. She expressed concerns about the cost of changing the name on such items as signs, vehicles and letterhead.

"This is not the right time," Taylor said.

Deborah Allan, R-Elgin, said the new name could be phased in as supplies and equipment are used or replaced.

She and Monica Silva, D-Aurora, said the new name better describes Animal Control's mission, which includes caring for creatures. While searching for a new administrator, the county should look for someone to embrace that mission, Allan said.

Mark Davoust, R-St. Charles, said the agency's mission is described differently in the county code. That should be addressed before changing the name, he said.

Mike Donahue, R-Geneva, said he planned to vote against the name change because it implies an expanded mission and role of local government.

The board tabled the item in a split vote.

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