Collage:  Levi Gatte, Amy Cesich and David Guritz

Leroy Gatte (left) persuaded the Kendall County Board to make two changes in the job description for the EMA Director job at Tuesday's meeting.  Forest preserve commissioner Amy Cesich (center) questioned forest preserve Director David Guritz (right) about the $100,000 overrun in the match for renovation of the Ken Pickerill house at the Pickerill-Pigott Forest Preserve in Yorkville. ( photos by James Wyman)

At its Tuesday night meeting, the Kendall County Board unanimously approved the job description for a full-time Emergency Management (EMA) Director.

The position currently is part-time and is held by former Kendall Co. Sheriff's Commander Joe Gillespie, who retired last May from full-time employment with the county.

Following public comments from Kendall Co. Chief Deputy Coroner Levi Gotte, the county board made two changes.

Gotte first argued that the position title should be "director" rather than "coordinator," as was contained in the agenda.

The board voted unanimously to amend the job title from "coordinator" to "director."

Gatte also challenged the educational requirement, which called for the new EMA Director have a Bachelor's Degree in Management, Fire Sciences, Law Enforcement, Public Safety or Public Administration.

County board member Amy Cesich agreed with Gatte that the requirements were too tough.

County Administrator Scott Koeppel said that when the EMA Director is chosen, that the appointment will come back before the entire county board.

The EMA Director will be paid approximately $70,000 per year.

At the Kendall Co. Forest Preserve Commission meeting, commissioners unanimously approved applying for an Illinois Park and Recreational Facility Construction Grant of just under $833,500 for $1.1 million worth of renovations at the Ken Pickerell house at the Pickerill Pigott Forest Preserve at 6350 Minkler Rd. in Yorkville.

Commissioner Cesich questioned forest preserve director about the matching cost for the forest preserve of just under $278,000.

Guritz said that grant could be awarded later this year, but that the construction at the Pickerill house would probably not begin until 2021.

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