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Kane County Board panel examining hiring policies

Updated: April 1, 2013 7:34AM



The Kane County Board Finance Committee upheld its hiring freeze policy on Wednesday, requiring board approval for departments looking to fill vacant positions.

The decision comes after board Chairman Chris Lauzen pushed Robert Sauceda for Animal Control Director, and the board voted it down in executive session. Sauceda, of South Elgin, was then made the department’s billing manager, a position freshly created and never advertised.

Sauceda is a Lauzen political ally who ran for County Board in the 2012 elections and lost.

The review of the policy at Wednesday’s Finance Committee meeting came on recommendation of the Kane County state’s attorney office. The policy is not a tool for the board to micromanage, but it allows the board to evaluate whether attrition should be considered, committee Chairman John Hoscheit, R-St. Charles, said.

“It was merely to give us the authority on whether or not a position should be filled,” he said.

The board only gets directly involved with director-level hires. Any decisions on hiring for positions lower than that would be handled within that department, Hoscheit said.

Some departments currently follow the hiring procedures better than others, said committee member Cristina Castro, D-Elgin.

“There are things that are very unclear,” she said. “Some bring it forward, and some don’t.”

The board will look at updating the 2008 hiring ordinance at future committee meetings.

Any changes made to the ordinance will have no impact on hires that have already been made.

Right now, the ordinance is purely a policy, with no ramifications.

“We never included language in the document pertaining to someone who violated the policy,” Hoscheit said.



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