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Kane County Animal Control announcement nears

GENEVA – Kane County could have a new Animal Control administrator next month.

Wednesday, County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said that "as long as everything goes well," a recommendation for board approval could be on the Aug. 12 agenda.

"We're cautiously optimistic," he said.

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

The job description for the senior management position included such minimum requirements as experience in local, state or federal government; proficiency in oral and written communication; three years' experience in providing an animal control or related public health program; and a master's of business management or a bachelor's degree in public administration or related field.

The listed salary range was $65,000 to $70,000 for 40-plus hours a week.

Earlier this month, Lauzen said three finalists were selected for interviews. The chairman, Health Department Executive Director Barb Jeffers, Human Resources Executive Director Sheila McCraven and board members Monica Silva, D-Aurora, Drew Frasz, R-Elburn, and Susan Starrett, R-Batavia, participated in the process.

Lauzen said he is grateful for the work done by Jeffers and her staff while Animal Control has been short-staffed.

The health department oversees Animal Control.

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