Still Minus Finance Director, S. Elgin Guards Its Funds

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Byline: Tom O'Konowitz Daily Herald Staff Writer

Not for lack of spending most of this year trying, South Elgin trustees can't seem to find anyone who wants to run the village's finance department.

Still, Village President Jim Hansen says that taxpayer dollars are not being wasted and the town's money supply is being scrutinized as closely as ever.

"It's never a good thing to have a vacancy like that for so long, but the finance department is going along just fine for right now," Hansen said. "I have no problem with where our money is going and there are a lot of people watching where it's spent."

In the past two years, the finance director post has been empty longer than it has been filled - about 13 months of vacancy in all.

The last finance director, Jerry McCoy, abruptly quit in April after less than a year on the job. And just last week, South Elgin's newly hired finance director, Linda Martin, quit before she even showed up for her first day of work.

Martin, who decided to instead keep her current job as the finance director for South Suburban Blue Island, refused to comment on the reason she changed her mind at the last minute.

When she took the finance job in South Elgin, Martin said she wasn't worried about the fact that South Elgin's finance department has been riddled with high turnover in its top spot - about four finance director choices in as many years.

Now, village officials are back at square one and must restart the seemingly never-ending quest to find a qualified person to oversee the town's budget, manage accountants, come up with fiscal projections and make sure all expenditures are being reported properly.

That task won't be too easy, according to Hansen.

He said that of the 50 or so candidates to apply for the job this year, most didn't come close to meeting the expectations village trustees have for a finance director. …