LITH searches for new finance director

LAKE IN THE HILLS – Village officials are looking for a new finance director, as its former finance director left to take a job in DeKalb County.

Pete Stefan resigned last week after he was appointed the finance director of DeKalb County, which will pay him $110,000 a year, according to DeKalb County Board meeting minutes. He is scheduled to start his new job on Monday.

Stefan earned $125,000 a year in his Lake in the Hills position, Village Administrator Gerald Sagona said.

Stefan had been with the village for more than a decade, Sagona said.

Sagona said Stefan was at the high end of the of the salary range for the position.

The Village Board on Thursday appointed Assistant Finance Director Robert Miller as the interim finance director while the search goes on. Miller, who earns $92,000 a year, will receive a 10 percent increase in pay during the interim period.

Miller previously has filled in for an interim basis during a medical leave of absence, Sagona wrote in a memo to the Village Board.

The village is accepting applications through the end of the month.

“We like to move quickly to find a replacement,” Sagona said.

The village is looking for someone with at least six years of progressive municipal finance experience, who also is a certified public accountant, Sagona said.

“We’re looking for somebody with strong management skills, ability to keep the books balanced, creative thinking will be beneficial,” Sagona said. “We’re interested in getting the best individual in the position.”

Sagona said Stefan was not offered the opportunity to stay.

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