Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen
Updated: March 1, 2013 7:34PM
Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen’s initiative to create a deputy chair position within the board has died, after being put on hold by the County Board Administration Committee.
The board discussed the position, sent it back to committee when members could not reach a consensus. One board member suggested the post float between Republican and Democrat members on an annual basis. Others suggested the job description for the post seemed too similar to a legislative whip in Springfield, not something they wanted to add to county government.
Lauzen said he was disappointed, but that the board would move on accordingly.
“I think the board missed an opportunity, but I respect the input they gave me,” he said.
Lauzen said the post was intended to be a leadership position that would give him someone to tap for public appearances to represent the board.
“I was looking for a little help to make us more visible,” he said.
Lauzen said he has worked hard to this point to create balance within the board by appointing half the Republicans and half the Democrats serving as committee chairmen.
He said the deputy chairman position would have worked to create balance with the already existing vice chair position, now held by Republican Drew Frasz of Elburn.
Board member Mark Davoust, R-St. Charles, spoke out adamantly against the creating the deputy chairman position.
He was concerned that the board first chose to add two standing committees — for agriculture and jobs, in addition to this position.
“We’re adding standing committees. Now we have a deputy chair, which sounds to me like a whip. It sounds like Springfield to me,” he said.
Lauzen pointed out that the deputy chairman position would not have cost taxpayers any money.