Will County Hires New Budget Director

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Submitted by the office of Will County Executive Larry Walsh:

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.

Herc June 19, 2014 at 08:13 PM
Good grief, another waste of taxpayer money. Wonder what the salary is.
Kristine Neumann June 22, 2014 at 05:25 PM
I was wondering the same thing. No mention of salalry.
Shantel June 20, 2014 at 12:36 AM
Good for her!
Don Zwiers June 20, 2014 at 04:48 PM
Big Job Trying to balance a Will County Budget is a big task, when facing the residents who also have the Federal, State, townships and all the cities and special district governments to compete with. Most of us are concerned; our Federal and the state of Illinois just doesn’t have enough money to do what they said they would and are concerned about how to borrow more. Something has to change and it’s not at the bottom. We seem to be making it with what we control. Congress is talking about cutting SS, Medicaid, etc. which will never solve the problem of spending what you don’t have. Others are saying we need to change our tax code; too many loopholes and not collecting what is owed. We are hearing about taxing even our cell phone; where is it going to stop? President Obama is the only person to ask Congress: “Why can’t you make a law that “THE ONLY SOURCE OF REVENUE EACH GOVERNMENT HAS IS AN ADJUSTABLE CONSUMPTION SALES TAX ON ALL PRODUCTS AND SERVICES CREATED FOR PROFIT?” This allows only the Federal, state, county and local governments to set their rates and eliminates all special district governments. Adjusting each rate, eliminates borrowing or profits. Everyone alive is spending money and paid all their taxes. Those spending the most; just pay more tax and less tax is needed. The PACs consume advertizing, government profit generating systems are eliminated, and everyone is able to earn as much as they can within the Free Market System. Everyone pays their fair share. Everyone that believes in this basic question needs to make their own label; Mr. President; “WHY NOT?” The question is: “What can we do for our Country?” and THEN DO IT. Any new ideas?


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