Will County official taking DuPage County post
By Cindy Wojdyla Cain email@example.com October 22, 2013 1:22PM
Will County Finance Director Paul Rafac has been tentatively selected to become the chief financial officer for DuPage County government. His name was put forward at a DuPage County Board's Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday Oct. 22, 2013. | Cindy Cain ~ Sun-Times Media.
Updated: November 24, 2013 6:28AM
JOLIET — Will County finance director Paul Rafac is expected to become the chief financial officer for DuPage County.
Rafac said the DuPage County Board’s finance committee on Tuesday approved his appointment, and the full board is set to vote on his selection Nov. 12.
Rafac, 49, of Channahon, has been finance director since January 2005, having previously been finance director for Catholic Charities. He said the DuPage County job is a wonderful opportunity.
“It’s the next logical step in my career,” said Rafac, who has a bachelor’s degree in economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago. “I’ll have a lot of resources in DuPage County. And they’re in the process of implementing a new finance enterprise resource plan.”
That plan includes a new software system that will lead to better efficiencies and budget numbers for policymakers, he said.
Rafac, who grew up in Joliet and graduated from Joliet West High School in 1981, said he has enjoyed working for Will County government.
“It’s been nice to work in downtown Joliet because I grew up here and used to shop at the department stores here when I was little,” he said.
If Rafac’s appointment is approved next month, he will oversee a budget of about $500 million and a department of 30 employees in DuPage County.
He said he’s proud of his work in Will County, which included boosting cash reserves, helping the county achieve a AA+ bond rating and finding the money, without needing a bond issue, for renovations at the county-owned Sunny Hill Nursing Home.
Rafac also worked in recent months with Nick Palmer, Will County Executive Larry Walsh’s chief of staff, to come up with a $16 million plan to start the county’s long process of relieving a space crunch for many offices, including the courthouse.
If he is hired in DuPage County, Rafac said he will stay on until the Will County Board approves the 2014 budget, likely at its Nov. 21 meeting.