Kane puts animal control director’s hiring on hold
By Matt Brennan For Sun-Times Media October 8, 2013 4:10PM
Updated: November 10, 2013 6:26AM
GENEVA — The Kane County Board voted Tuesday to table Chairman Chris Lauzen’s appointment for animal control director.
Instead, the appointment of Robert Sauceda will appear on the board’s November meeting agenda. Sauceda has been serving as the billing manager for Animal Control since January, where he has helped the department climb out of a debt that included missing a $93,000 mortgage payment on its new facility last year.
Health Department Director Barb Jeffers recommended approving the appointment and allowing Sauceda to run the department at a salary of $65,000 a year. He has been a major factor in turning around a county department that does not rely on funding from the county board, she said.
“If we aren’t financially sustainable, that department would not be open,” she said.
Sauceda was one of three candidates interviewed by Jeffers and the county’s human resources department. He best fit the requirements of establishing financial credibility, leadership and commitment to the community, Jeffers said.
Sauceda’s appointment as billing manager last January came with some controversy because he is a Lauzen political ally who lost in a November bid for a county board seat.
Under previous county board Chairman Karen McConnaughay, the board looked into the idea of hiring a veterinarian to run animal control, in an effort to save money on services that are currently contracted out. When board members brought up that option again, Jeffers said it would be too costly.
They would need to renovate in order to have adequate facilities for surgeries, she said, adding, “A vet’s practice is similar to a doctor’s practice.”