A Will County native has been named to the newly created budget director position within the Will County Executive’s office. ReShawn Howard of Shorewood was approved at today’s Will County Board meeting. This position will work with the county’s finance director Karen Hennessy.
With the rapid growth of Will County and increased demands on the finance department, Will County Executive Larry Walsh reorganized the structure of his budget and financial staff to better serve the residents. Walsh promoted Karen Hennessy to the redefined role of Finance Director, responsible for the oversight of day-to-day financial operations, the outside audit, and the preparation of the County’s annual financial report. The Budget Director will focus on the development and monitoring of the County’s annual budget and long term capital planning. Both positions will be funded within the constraints of the existing budget.
“We have had great success in managing lean budgets in tough economic times,” Walsh said. “We will build on these successful efforts by expanding our focus to include a more detailed five-year road and capital project budget and a projected multi-year operational budget. Will County is expected to exceed one million people in the not too distant future and we must continue to plan proactively for that growth.
“ReShawn comes to us with a very diverse background and a lot of experience in finance, both budgetary and capital improvements. We are happy to welcome her to the Will County team,” Walsh added.
Howard most recently worked as a finance consultant for Exelon for two years. Prior to that, she worked as a consultant in the private sector for a variety of industries. Howard said she is looking forward to joining such a progressive county.
“The most important responsibility I am looking forward to is managing the budget process and the different capital projects for the county,” Howard said. “I hope to bring my expertise and background to help improve county services in downtown Joliet. This is a very exciting time for Will County.”
Howard completed her undergraduate studies at Robert Morris and received a master's degree in business administration from the University of St. Francis. Howard grew up in Joliet and now resides in Shorewood with her husband, Tyler, and two daughters.