Saturday, January 14, 2012

Kane County Chronicle | Chairman candidates talk taxes, administration and more during forum

Good to see all four in the same forum talking.  The issue of an administrator came up per below.  I’m not an expert on Kane County but it seems to me all the controversy over the years has been the Chair vs department heads (notably the Sheriffs) regardless of party affiliation.  An Administrator might bring some rationality to operations and save money despite some of the comments over at the Chronicle.

While Burns said he would support hiring a full-time economic development director to help draw business to the county, and Sarto said he would support funding an entire "economic development program," Klinkhamer went further, pushing for the hiring of a full-time county administrator, overseeing all county departments.

She said it was "still troubling" that Kane County is the only county that does not employ an administrator to run the county's day-to-day operations. She said such a manager could help ease political bickering among county officials, while making the county government more efficient.

Lauzen, however, assailed the notion that Kane should hire an administrator, saying such a hire would place "another layer" between county elected officials and the people.

"I disagree with the idea of elected officials abdicating responsibility of running government," Lauzen said.

Kane County Chronicle | Chairman candidates talk taxes, administration and more during forum

No comments: