Kane panel debates Animal Control head appointment
By Matt Brennan For Sun-Times Media October 15, 2013 11:58AM
Updated: October 21, 2013 10:03AM
GENEVA — The Kane County Board Public Health Committee debated on Tuesday the potential promotion of Animal Control billing manager Robert Sauceda to the vacant director’s position for the department.
Several committee members ended the discussion in favor of promoting the former political ally of board Chairman Chris Lauzen, who ran for a county board seat and lost last November. He has served as billing manager for Animal Control since January and is credited with wiping out the department’s deficit.
“If Mr. Sauceda has been delivering results, that’s good enough for me,” said Public Health Committee Chairman Monica Silva (I-Aurora).
Sauceda was brought in as billing manager at the beginning of 2013 to work with Health Department Director Barb Jeffers on turning around Animal Control’s finances. The agency had skipped a $93,000 mortgage payment on its new facility in 2012. It also had stopped collecting fines for failure to get rabies shots because its was behind on data entry.
Jeffers recommended Sauceda for the Animal Control director position at the full county board meeting earlier this month, saying he has proven ability to turn the department around financially. The county board tabled action on the appointment for a month and is expected to take it up again in the beginning of November.
There had been discussion previously about bringing in a veterinarian to run the department, but Jeffers said it would be too costly to make the type of improvements to the building that would allow for a vet to practice there.
Committee member Deb Allan (D-Elgin) said that running the finances doesn’t necessarily equate to what’s in the best interests of the department. “I still have in my head a differentiation between someone who’s going to bring in the money and someone who’s going to run the office,” she said. “But it’s possible those could be the same person.”