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Lauzen filling community outreach posts

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014 11:19 p.m. CDT

GENEVA – Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen is working to fill the vacant community outreach coordinator posts despite a board member’s call to better define the role first.

Tuesday, the board approved a budgetary housekeeping item related to the positions, which include public relations and social media aspects.

Board member Mark Davoust, R-St. Charles, said the concept is “very good,” but it needs to be fleshed out before the money is spent. Additionally, parameters need to be established to measure progress, Davoust said, adding that getting 1,000 “likes” on Facebook isn’t enough.

The original coordinators, Cheryl Maraffio and Nick Scanlan, were hired last June on a contract basis and were involved in Kane County Connected, a social media effort that aims to build communities within the county. Scanlan’s contract wasn’t renewed, and Maraffio resigned last month, Lauzen has said.

After Tuesday’s meeting, Lauzen said Jody Contorno and another candidate have been selected to fill those roles.

Lauzen declined to name the other candidate because the contract wasn’t finalized.

He said Contorno will work with the Junior Kane County Board, which is expected to have its first workshop from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 27. Interested participants should call 630-232-5931.

Each coordinator will earn about $60,000 on a contractual basis, Lauzen said.

The contract will run up to a year.

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