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Sauer to lead Kane 911 center

Former Sugar Grove Police Chief Brad Sauer who was serving as interim coroner for Kane County now has been named

Former Sugar Grove Police Chief Brad Sauer, who was serving as interim coroner for Kane County, now has been named director of the KaneComm emergency dispatch 911 center.

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Updated: February 11, 2013 7:34AM

Retired Sugar Grove Police Chief Brad Sauer has been named to fill another vital role in Kane County.

After nearly four months as interim Kane County Coroner, Sauer has been recommended to fill in as interim director of the Kane County Emergency Communication 911 dispatch center.

“For years I talked to dispatch from the other end. I know what they have to deal with out there,” Sauer said from the dispatch center office in the Kane County Government Center in Geneva.

KaneComm is a multi-jurisdictional dispatch center responsible for the deployment of first responders from 18 police, fire and medical agencies, including the Kane County sheriff’s office, nine police departments and six fire departments.

On Wednesday, Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen confirmed he has recommended that Sauer fill the position of KaneComm director, which has been vacant since October when Jennifer Baustian resigned.

“He is my recommendation for the position — we need to get him started,” Lauzen said.

“Brad Sauer has been on the frontline of law enforcement as a user of the dispatch center. He is very confident and knows the lay of the land.”

Former Kane County Board Chairman Karen McConnaughay tapped Sauer to serve as interim coroner after the death of Coroner Chuck West in July.

Sauer was appointed interim coroner Aug. 14 and served until newly elected Coroner Rob Russell was sworn into office in December.

Lauzen said he hopes to have a permanent KaneComm director in place in five to six months.

Sauer has 30 years experience in law enforcement, including nearly 10 years as Sugar Grove police chief. He also served on the Kane County Board from 1990 through 1996, and as Kane County Forest Preserve president from 1992 through 1994.

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