Collage:  RaeAnn VanGundy, Tony Giles and Dr. John Palmer

RaeAnn VanGundy (left photo) will make $118,000 per year as the new Executive Director and Public Health Administrator at the Kendall County Health Dept. VanGundy was appointed at Tuesday's Special Meeting. Board member Tony Giles (top right) made a motion to lower VanGundy's salary from a proposed $119,000.  That motion passed by a 5 to 3 vote.  VanGundy's appointment was unanimous.  Dr. John Palmer (lower right) said that VanGundy's experience stood out from other candidates.  She has been with the Health Dept. for 19 years. ( photos by James Wyman)

The Kendall County Health Dept. Board voted unanimously at a Special Meeting on Tuesday to appoint RaeAnn VanGundy as Executive Director and Public Health Administrator.

On the agenda for Tuesday's meeting, VanGundy's salary was listed as not to exceed $125,000.

However, following a one-hour executive session, the motion presented was for a salary of $119,000.

Board member Tony Giles put forward another motion that lowered the salary from $119,000 to $118,000.

Giles's motion passed by a 5 to 3 vote, with board members Christina Cooper Karin Gustafson and John Palmer voting "no."

The $118,000 salary then passed unanimously.

Following the meeting, Giles was asked why he wanted VanGundy's salary lowered by a thousand dollars.

Giles is the Kendall County Board's representative on the Health Dept. Board.

Palmer is the President of the Kendall County Board of Health, and following Tuesday's meeting, he said that VanGundy was the best person for the job.

VanGundy replaces Amaal Tokars, who left the Health Dept. on June 5 to take a job with the Ill. Dept. of Public Health.

The Board of Health was prepared to appoint VanGundy at the May 19 meeting, but backed off that appointment following a 71-minute executive session, Palmer saying then that the board wanted to interview more candidates.

President Palmer was asked following Tuesday's meeting about the interview process since May 19.

Palmer said that one other candidate was brought back by the Health Dept. Board for a second interview.

VanGundy begins her job as head of the Health Department on Wed.  She was not present at Tuesday night's meeting.

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