County Board to evaluate deputy administrator hopefuls

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

SYCAMORE – Four DeKalb County employees are vying for two promotions to deputy county administrators.

County Board members will consider the candidates at the County Executive Committee meeting today. The two positions will cover the operational and outreach needs of the county, said Gary Hanson, county administrator.

Board member Jeff Whelan, R-DeKalb, said the board is only considering internal applicants, because candidates outside the county government may require extensive training. The deputy administrators also will fill in for Hanson if he takes a leave of absence or becomes hospitalized, he said.

“It makes for better planning,” Whelan said.

Previously, the position was combined with the finance director position. Hanson was the previous deputy county administrator and finance director until he became the administrator last year. In January, he suggested to board members to split the positions.

He said having a separate finance director and deputy county administrator would allow for more flexibility.

“You want the finance skills for sure, but then there are other things for operations and outreach that may or may not be possessed by a finance person,” he said.

The positions became separate in February when board members approved of a finance director position and tabled the deputy county administrator position for further discussion. County Board members appointed Peter Stefan finance director in March with an annual salary of $110,000.

One deputy administrator will handle operations, Hanson said. The duties include dealing with labor contracts, checking compliance with state and federal regulations, handling employment orientation, and training and developing policies, he said.

The other deputy administrator would be in charge of outreach, which would include marketing, working with other area governments and dealing with legislative action at the federal or state level, he said.

County employees would take on additional duties if they became a deputy administrator, which carries an annual stipend of $7,800. Hanson said if there was only one position, it would have been a $15,600 yearly stipend.

Board Chairman Jeff Metzger, R-Sandwich, said board members thought it would be nice to have two deputy county administrators.

“There’s more opportunity to share projects and more discussion in the process in having other folks to discuss issues within the administration office,” he said.

Hanson said he hopes the County Board will approve recommendations for the deputy administrators when it meets next Dec. 18.

If you go

What: DeKalb County Executive Committee meeting

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: 200 North Main St., Sycamore

For information, call 815-895-7189.

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