GENEVA – A proposal to create three part-time kennel assistant jobs for Kane County Animal Control was sent to the Finance and Budget Committee on Tuesday during the Public Health Committee meeting.
The kennel assistant position is currently one vacant full-time job, but Barb Jeffers, executive director of the Kane County Health Department, said splitting up the work would keep her weekday-only employees from working overtime. The proposal would result in a $5,000 budget reduction, according to Jeffers. The health department oversees Animal Control.
"The animals have to be cared for and cleaned every day, which is why we're open on weekends," Jeffers said. "You have to always have coverage of two people at the shelter for the safety of the animals and people."
The weekend shifts are four hours per day, on Saturdays and Sundays, except for holidays.
Jeffers said three part-time employees also will reduce scheduling problems if someone is sick or on vacation. She said she thinks college students are good candidates for the possible part-time positions.
County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen applauded Jeffers' overtime work in light of recent resignations, including the former kennel assistant and Animal Control administrator Robert Sauceda, who abruptly resigned in May.
"It's a real credit to your strength and intelligence," Lauzen said to Jeffers.
Jeffers said interviews are being conducted to fill the Animal Control director position.
"We're looking for someone with experience in operations and managing a preferably government department," Jeffers said. "Someone who's familiar with the ordinances and [statutes] of animal care."
Jeffers said she will reach out to trade schools and universities with animal sciences programs to find more candidates.
"We have a lot of candidates who have part of [the wanted qualities] and some who don't, but we're hopeful," Jeffers said.