Counties
Kendall County
District: 3
County Engineer: Francis C. Klaas
Appointment Date: 5/21/1991
Address: 6780 Route 47
Yorkville, IL 60560
Telephone: (630) 553-7616
Fax: (630) 553-9583
Email: fklaas@co.kendall.il.us


Engineer Bio:
Francis is a 1983 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he was a member of the National Civil Engineering Honor Society. He is one of 4 brothers receiving civil engineering degrees from UW-P including Robert (1977), Ronald (1977), and Frederick (1988). His professional career started at IDOT – District 3, including stints in the Bureaus of Planning, Design, Land Acquisition and Construction. In 1988 he was hired as the first City Engineer and City Administrator for the City of Yorkville, Illinois. In 1991 he became the Kendall County Superintendent of Highways, and has since held the position of County Engineer in one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. During his tenure with Kendall County, Francis created an overweight / over-dimension permitting system, a Highway Access Regulation Ordinance, a Transportation Alternatives Program (KC-TAP), and was instrumental in establishing a voter-approved Transportation Sales Tax. He took an active role in many transportation and land use studies including the WIKADUKE Trail, the Outer Belt Corridor Study (Prairie Parkway), Eldamain Road Extension Corridor, and also chaired the Technical Advisory Committee for the County’s Stormwater Ordinance. He initiated a programmatic effort to construct bituminous safety shoulders on many county highways to improve safety, and has supervised over $100 million worth of road and bridge improvement projects in Kendall County. Francis has been active in IACE as well, serving for many years as Chairman of the Computer Committee and the Professional Status and Welfare Committee. He resides in Yorkville with his dear wife, Sheri, 3 daughters and 2 sons.


County Background:
Established on February 19, 1841, Kendall County is named after Amos Kendall, a successful politician and journalist, Postmaster General under Jackson, and as partner of S.F.B. Morse, the inventor of the electric telegraph, he contributed largely to the vast commercial success of that invention.


County Population: 121350
Land Area (Sq. Miles): 319
Assessed Valuation: 3298000000
State Highway Mileage: 101
County Highway Mileage: 127
Township Highway Mileage: 356
Municipal Highway Mileage: 484
County Seat: Yorkville
State House District(s): 50, 75, 84, 97
State Senate District(s): 25,38, 42, 49
U.S. Congressional Distict(s): 11, 14


Past Engineers
NameStartFinish
John D. Russell12/18/19135/31/1931
B. L. Henning7/1/19338/31/1956
Hugh B. Belford7/9/19578/31/1964
D. H. Sharkey2/1/19657/31/1977
Joseph Gaesser4/1/197711/14/1990