SYCAMORE – DeKalb County Board members welcomed a new deputy county administrator Wednesday and plan to search for another one next year.
Paul Miller, county planning, zoning and building director, was unanimously approved to become one of the two deputy county administrators. As the administrator handling operations, Miller will be responsible for labor contracts, federal and state regulation compliance, policy development and other duties.
Before the meeting, Miller said he applied for the position in an effort to provide additional service to the county. His goal is to make board members and the county administrator more informed in their decisions.
“My own plan is to be a valuable resource for the County Board and administrator,” he said. “Another sounding board, another resource for conducting projects, another source of ideas and a resource to explore options and consequences of options.”
Miller will remain as the county planning, zoning and building director while adding the duties of deputy county administrator of operations.
His appointment begins Jan. 6 and automatically ends Dec. 31, 2016. Board members will either need to renew Miller’s appointment or approve another person at the end of his term.
The position has an initial term of three years and a stipend of $7,800 for 2014, $8,580 for 2015 and $9,360 for 2016. County Administrator Gary Hanson has said splitting the deputy county administrator into two positions would save the county about $30,000 for fiscal 2014.
Next year, board members and officials still will need to find someone to for the deputy county administrator of outreach post, which is responsible for communication, legislative action, local government interaction and marketing. Hanson has said there were four applicants for the two deputy county administrator positions.
Since becoming the county administrator last year, Hanson suggested splitting up the previous position he occupied, which was deputy county administrator and finance director. The position was split and board members named Peter Stefan the finance director while they searched for deputy county administrators.
Board Chairman Jeff Metzger said the deputy county administrators will be helpful for board members and county officials.
“It’s just nice to have a couple of other folks work on some projects they can’t typically get to and also have other people to bounce ideas off of and work together,” he said.