Collage:  Amy Cesich and Animals

Animal Control Committee Chairman Amy Cesich (left photo) told county board members on Thursday that the newly hired Animal Control Director backed out of the job on Wednesday.  Two of the animals that passed through the shelter are on the right. (WSPYNews.com photo of Amy Cesich by James Wyman; animal photos provided)

Animal Control Committee Chair Amy Cesich told county board members at the Kendall County Board's Committee of the Whole meeting on Thursday that the search for a new director to replace Laura Pawson may be back to square one.

Pawson resigned the director's job in April; she had been in the position since Dec. of 2015.

At Thursday's meeting, Cesich explained that committee members thought they had found the perfect candidate.

Cesich said the county offered the candidate as much as it could offer.  Former director Pawson made $51,233 plus benefits her last year.

Kane County's director makes just over $80,000.

The candidate, who was not named, lives in Sugar Grove and works in an animal shelter in Elgin. She was supposed to begin work in Kendall County on June 28.

Following the meeting, Cesich spoke about the two other finalists who made the second interview.

WSPY's Jim Wyman asked Cesich what's next in the search for a new Kendall County Animal Control Director.

Assistant Warden Kelly Prestegaard is serving as interim director.

Hear Jim Wyman's WSPY Radio story by clicking the link below: