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Circuit clerk hires son for temp job

ST. CHARLES – A Kane County elected official said Thursday he has nothing to hide about hiring his son for a temporary project.

"The county is getting good value for the work he is doing," Kane County Circuit Clerk Tom Hartwell said.

According to the county's new hire report for June, David Hartwell was hired June 23 as a deputy clerk in the circuit clerk's office, 540 S. Randall Road, St. Charles.

The senior Hartwell said his son, an eighth-grade math teacher in Arkansas, is working on a 12-week scanning project that will allow his office to destroy old documents. He is filling a vacancy created when another employee left for a full-time position, the circuit clerk said.

Because of the "time sensitive" nature of the position, which also required employees to pass a background check, Hartwell said filling the position was difficult.

His son is being paid $9 an hour for his seven weeks' worth of work, Hartwell said.

"He's got tremendous qualifications," said Hartwell, who also serves as chairman of the Kane County Republicans.

Another Kane County office also is working to digitize its files this summer. The Kane County Public Defender's Office, however, is using first-year Northern Illinois University law students to help sort its files.

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