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Kane County officials to review Animal Control applications

Published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 10:32 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Kane County officials Friday will begin the process of choosing the next Animal Control administrator.

Former Interim Administrator Robert Sauceda resigned May 7 amid a personnel investigation.

The county received about seven to 10 applications for the post, which will be filled by "scrupulously" following the ordinance that governs such hires, County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said Wednesday following the Executive Committee meeting.

Lauzen – along with board member Monica Silva, Health Department Executive Director Barb Jeffers and Human Resources Executive Director Sheila McCraven – will review the applicants Friday, the chairman said.

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

After the candidate pool is narrowed, Lauzen said, the most qualified applicants will be interviewed by a larger group that includes board members. Lauzen then will make his recommendation to the full board.

The process could be completed in the next four to six weeks, Lauzen said, noting he hopes an appointment is made as quickly as possible.

The job description for the senior management position included minimum requirements such as experience in local, state or federal government; proficiency in oral and written communication; three years' experience in providing Animal Control or a closely related public or community health program; and a Masters 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.

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