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Lake in the Hills looking for new finance director

Published: Sunday, May 25, 2014 12:01 a.m. CDT • Updated: Sunday, May 25, 2014 12:12 a.m. CDT

LAKE IN THE HILLS – The village is looking for a new finance director, a year after hiring its former finance director.

Robert Miller has left the village for personal reasons. Village Administrator Gerald Sagona wouldn’t comment further.

The Village Board on Thursday appointed Shane Johnson as interim finance director/treasurer.

Johnson is currently the assistant finance director. Johnson is receiving a 10 percent pay increase during the interim period, according to a village memo from Sagona.

Miller became finance director a year ago when he replaced Pete Stefan, who left for a job with DeKalb County.

According to a job posting on the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association website, the finance director position will pay between $96,930 and $133,856.

In the posting, the village is looking for someone with a degree in accounting, finance or business administration, with at least six years of progressively responsible municipal financial and human resources administration experience.

Sagona said the village hopes to replace Miller as soon as possible, and expects the search to take 60 to 90 days.

Also on Thursday, Sgt. Patrick Boulden was formally promoted to deputy chief of patrol services, to replace Dave Brey, who was promoted to police chief last month.

Brey replaced Director of Police and Public Safety James Wales, who retired.

Boulden previously served as a sergeant on the overnight shift.

In other decisions, an effort to start a municipal aggregation program in the village died. Village officials considered placing on the November ballot a referendum on whether the municipality should start a municipal aggregation program.

A referendum in 2012 failed 54 percent to 46 percent.

Sagona said in an email that staff had found residents are able to find cheaper rates on their own than what municipalities can find.

Discussion about municipal aggregation came after Algonquin voters in March approved a municipal aggregation program. Algonquin voters previously voted against a program in 2012.

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