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Kane animal control chief quits after 3 months

Veterinarian Kimberly Rudloff administrator Kane County Animal Control plays with mommkitty first litter year.
Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media

Veterinarian Kimberly Rudloff, administrator of Kane County Animal Control, plays with momma kitty to the first litter of the year. Mary Beth Nolan~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: July 6, 2012 9:24AM

GENEVA — Kane County has suddenly found itself having to search for yet another director of animal control services, and the troubles that have plagued the department over recent years continue.

Newly appointed Director Kimberly Rudloff submitted a letter of resignation Tuesday. She just started working for the department in February.

Rudloff did not give a reason for leaving, said health department Director Paul Kuehnert. The health department oversees the animal control department.

Rudloff was hired at an annual salary of $88,000. She was a veterinarian and administrator, and allowed the county to not have to contract outside the department for veterinary services.

Kuehnert said that the animal control subcommittee led by Bonnie Kunkel, D-Aurora, would reconvene to recommend another qualified person from their recent search for a new director. The subcommittee has a meeting Friday morning to discuss personnel.

From there, it will work to bring in new candidates and come to a consensus for a board recommendation, Kuehnert said.

Kuehnert also is leaving the county — his last day on the job is Friday. He recently resigned to accept a position outside the county.

In the interim, Kuehnert said, veterinarian Jane Davis will again provide contractual veterinarian services to the county. State statutes require the county to have a veterinarian to handle dog and cat issues, Kuehnert said.

Before Rudloff, the department had been without a permanent executive director for more than a year. The animal control department has been bogged down with financial troubles. The department is behind on entering vaccination records and is not collecting fine revenues because of the backlog.

The department has asked the county board’s public health and finance committees for permission to delay this year’s $153,000 loan repayment for the new animal control facility in Geneva.

The public health committee also recently discussed whether to continue having animal control staff handle some of the county’s property complaints. Animal control spends about $24,000 a year handling property complaints, according to finance committee director Jim Mitchell, R-North Aurora.

Public health committee member Melisa Taylor, R-Sugar Grove, said Wednesday that she was shocked to hear about the resignation of Rudloff so soon after taking the position.

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