Committee advances raise proposal for HR director

GENEVA – Kane County’s director of human resources is on track to getting a 5 percent raise.

The $6,000 proposed salary bump for Sheila McCraven is part of a larger effort by Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen to make director salaries more comparable to those offered by other counties in the region.

“As employers, we need to protect our talent,” Lauzen told the Human Services Committee on Wednesday.

Based on salary information from nearby counties, McCraven’s $121,520 salary is about $7,390 below the average salary paid to her local counterparts, according to a document detailing the proposed raise.

Even after the raise, Lauzen said, “It’s still going to be less than the average among the counties.”

Committee members questioned Lauzen about the source of the funds and expressed concerns about paying an ongoing cost with contingency funds.

“Is the money in the budget?” Lauzen said, repeating what he told another committee that considered a raise on Tuesday. “The answer is yes.”

Melisa Taylor, R-Sugar Grove, criticized Lauzen for not providing the details of his request until the meeting and, as she did Tuesday, said the county-to-county comparisons aren’t necessarily apple-to-apple comparisons.

Jesse Vazquez, D-Aurora, asked Lauzen provide additional details to the county comparison chart, such as county population, number of employees and responsibilities.

The committee forwarded the proposed raise to the Finance/Budget Committee, which also will consider the raises proposed for other directors.

Mark Davoust, R-St. Charles, noted that the committee is forwarding the proposal with the understanding that board members are waiting for the full details.

In other news, the committee briefly discussed a draft of the employee concealed carry policy. Under the proposal, county employees may not carry a concealed firearm in any county building or vehicle. They also would be prohibited from carrying such weapon in their private vehicle while in the course of their employment with the county.

The committee moved the proposed policy to next month because nobody from the State’s Attorney’s Office was available to answer questions.

Members requested that the “no guns allowed” stickers be displayed on county buildings as soon as possible.

“If it’s not on the window, someone’s going to think it’s OK,” committee chair Cristina Castro said.

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