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County narrows Animal Control candidates to 3

GENEVA – As Kane County works to select the next Animal Control administrator, County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said he is "very encouraged" by the applicants.

In a brief update to the County Board on Tuesday, Lauzen said he continues to "scrupulously" follow the ordinance that governs such hires.

He – along with board member Monica Silva, Health Department Executive Director Barb Jeffers and Human Resources Executive Director Sheila McCraven – reviewed about eight to 12 resumes last week, he said.

Silva, D-Aurora, chairs the Public Health Committee. The health department oversees Animal Control.

Of the applicants, Lauzen said, three will proceed to interviews conducted by the initial group of county representatives as well as board members Drew Frasz, R-Elburn, and Susan Starrett, R-Batavia.

Lauzen then will make his recommendation to the full board.

"I intend to support Barb Jeffers' selection," he said, describing the candidates as "top notch."

The process could be completed in the next 45 to 60 days, he said.

Animal Control has been without an administrator since May 7, when former Interim Administrator Robert Sauceda resigned amid a personnel investigation.

In other news, Fred Dresser – a representative from Fox Valley Court Watch – asked the County Board to invest in a better sound system for courtrooms at the Kane County Judicial Center.

Fox Valley Court Watch is a group of volunteers that monitors and critiques courtroom activities on behalf of crime victims, and particularly victims of domestic violence.

Dresser, who previously addressed the board in October, said it can be "very difficult" for the volunteers to conduct their responsibilities when they can't hear the court proceedings.

Lauzen said after the meeting that he was glad Don Biggs, operations staff executive for the county, was in the audience to hear Dresser's concerns.

Improving the sound quality is something he would consider, Lauzen said. He said it likely would be discussed with the other improvements needed at the judicial center.

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