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Onzick named new Kane County CFO

GENEVA – Kane County has hired a new chief financial officer.

The Kane County Board unanimously approved Wednesday the selection of Joseph Onzick as the county’s executive director of finance.

Onzick, of North Aurora, has worked in finance for years, Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen said.

Onzick is certified as a public accountant and holds a master’s degree in business administration, two qualifications Lauzen said were key in his choice to recommend Onzick to the County Board.

Onzick currently is controller at Aurora University and previously held other financial officer positions, Lauzen said, including experience at NexGen Software Technologies in Naperville, and in the nonprofit sector.

Onzick has not worked in government before, Lauzen said.

Reached by phone after Wednesday’s County Board meeting, Onzick confirmed he applied for the Kane County CFO position but said he was unaware of the County Board’s vote. He withheld further comment until later.

Lauzen said Onzick is scheduled to begin his duties with the county early next week.

He will earn an annual salary of $115,000.

Onzick’s hiring ends a monthslong search conducted by Kane County officials.

The position has been vacant since former Finance Director Cheryl Pattelli resigned last summer to take a similar government finance job in Colorado.

Lauzen said finding a new finance director has been among his top priorities since he became county board chairman in December.

Onzick was the best among four candidates interviewed for the job.

His experience and certifications, as well as his residency within Kane County, helped him stand out, Lauzen said.

Onzick will help the County Board by supplying “very accurate information,” something Lauzen said he believes the board needs most from its finance director.

Lauzen said Onzick will work as a part of a county finance team, which also will include Kane County Treasurer David Rickert, to help the county formulate budgets and set tax levies, among other tasks that in the past were performed by the finance office.

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