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County staffing changes result in savings

GENEVA – Ken Anderson, the county's environmental and water resource division director, had good news Thursday morning for a committee of County Board members: a staff restructuring will result in savings.

The savings – which should total $27,913 this year and $27,140 next year – is linked to the hiring of two new employees, he told the Energy and Environmental Committee.

The county hired Cecilia Govrik in April as a resource management coordinator for the environmental division. She will be responsible for implementing the Kane County Operational Sustainability Plan, which focuses on protecting the environmental, social and economic aspects of division operations.

"As a Kane County resident, I'm invested in seeing the sustainability plan carried out to protect our local resources and make wise use of taxpayer dollars," she said in a written statement.

Govrik replaces Karen Kosky, who accepted a job elsewhere.

In May, the county hired Rob Linke as a water resources engineer with the water resource division. He replaces Paul Schuch, who recently retired.

A licensed professional engineer and certified floodplain manager, Linke has expertise in storm water and floodplain management, watershed planning, green infrastructure design and stream and river restoration.

He said in a written statement that he is looking forward to serving the public.

"The county's water resources serve as the backbone of our region's natural environment," Linke said. "We depend on those resources for the water we drink, for disposal of our wastewater and storm water, as well as recreational opportunities such as paddling and fishing."

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