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Sauceda appointed Kane Animal Control director

Updated: December 14, 2013 6:29AM

GENEVA — After tabling the item for 30 days last month, the Kane County Board approved a measure on Tuesday that makes Robert Sauceda the new Animal Control director in the county.

Sauceda has served as the department’s billing manager since earlier this year, helping turn its financial troubles around. Its revenues are up $146,700 this year, Lauzen said.

“It might not be a bad idea to give this young man a chance,” board member Mike Kenyon (R-South Elgin) said.

The position comes on a 12-month interim basis, though Lauzen said he has no intention of continuing the search after naming Sauceda to the post. The position comes with a $65,000 annual salary and includes benefits.

Sauceda is a Lauzen political ally who ran for county board in 2012 and lost.

Health Department Director Barb Jeffers strongly recommended Sauceda for the position at last month’s county board meeting, before the board tabled the decision for November.

Public Health Committee Chairman Monica Silva (D-Aurora) also spoke in favor of appointing Sauceda to the interim position.

“I hope that everyone had ample time to discuss this and voice their concerns,” she said. “I think it’s very important to move on with business as usual.”

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