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Carpentersville finance director leaving for DeKalb

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Another top Carpentersville department head is leaving to pursue other professional opportunities.

Village Finance Director Catherine Haley has resigned to take a similar post in the city of DeKalb, Village Manager J. Mark Rooney said Wednesday.

Haley's last day is July 25.

Haley, 49, of West Dundee, has served with Carpentersville for a roughly two years and four months.

"Her short tenure was very transformative for the finance department," Rooney said. "She was instrumental in hiring the key staff members and upgrading some of the accounting skills in those positions."

Rooney said Haley was a strong proponent of cross-training employees so there wouldn't be a vacuum should someone leave.

"She did a phenomenal amount of work on customer satisfaction and quality customer service," Rooney said.

Assistant Finance Director Brian Smith, who was hired by Haley, will take over her responsibilities in the interim until the village finds a replacement, which could take between two and four months, Rooney said.

The village has posted the finance director's job listing on the Illinois Government Finance Officers Association website.

"We will see what the strength of the resumes are," Rooney said.

Carpentersville recently lost its human resources director, Linda Mogren, who resigned in May to take up a position in Sycamore.

Assistant Village Manager Joe Wade has assumed the human resources director's role, while the human resources generalist and assistant to the village manager will conduct the day-to-day operations of the department.

"For budgetary reasons, we are not filling that position," Rooney said.

The finance director's job comes with a $108,000 salary, but could go higher depending on the candidate's qualifications. Benefits are additional.

Haley was making $114,000 in salary and benefits. She previously worked as Roselle's assistant finance director and before that as a treasurer and accountant for West Dundee.

Rooney said he has confidence in Smith and hopes he will apply for the finance director job.

"He has done great work," Rooney said.

Smith has been with the village for a little more than two years. He previously served in the finance department at the village of Wheeling, where Rooney formerly served as village manager.

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