Where the Fun Begins: County Accepting Applications for Fox Valley Park District Board
Applications from Kane County residents interested in the next available Kane County appointments to the Fox Valley Park District will be accepted at the Kane County Board Office through May 1, 2015. A formal vetting process by a special advisory panel is scheduled to begin May 2, 2015, and selections presented to the full County Board on May 12, 2015.
Until the consolidated election in 2017, Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen has the responsibility to make appointments to the District and fill the vacancies with the advice and consent of the Kane County Board. The Fox Valley Park District is governed by a seven-member Board of Trustees. County Board chairmen appoint the board in the counties that have a proportionate share of the population in the district.
Presently, the Kane County Board chair appoints six members and the DuPage County Board chair appoints one member. Kane County is neither the employer nor joint employer of Park District personnel but is the appointment agency with executive oversight.
Each Board member is equally responsible for seeing that the parks are properly managed in terms of planning, policy and decisions upon which the board has reached agreement in a regular or special meeting. The members of the Board of Trustees are lay persons appointed to sit as members of the Board of Trustees and act on behalf of the welfare and to the benefit of the people in the district.
More information can be found at foxvalleyparkdistrict.org.
General boundaries to be eligible: North: Route 56 (Butterfield Road) also including areas north (ex. Red Oak Nature Center) and northwest between Oak Street and Orchard Road; and adjacent to Tanner Road. South: Service area extends to Route 30 through Montgomery; East: Route 59; and West: to Hankes Road in Aurora, but also including area west to Gordon Road and area south of Jericho Road and west to Dickson Road.
Applicants may submit a resume and cover letter to the County Board Office outlining their qualifications and explaining their interest in the position. The advisory group will take into account experience that is relevant or applicable to a park district, availability to serve, and a convincing demonstration of why candidates consider themselves qualified.
Applications can be submitted in person, by mail, FAX or sent electronically to Kane County Government Center, 719 Batavia Avenue, Building A, County Board Office, 3rd Floor, Geneva, Illinois 60134. For more information, call 630-232-5930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Starting in 2017, the Fox Valley Park District will elect seven commissioners from three two-member districts, and one commissioner will be elected at large. Four commissioners will be elected to serve a four-year term, while three commissioners will serve a two-year term with four-year terms thereafter. The Board of Trustees appoints the Executive Director, the attorney of the Park District and the auditors. The Board approves all policy decisions.
The Fox Valley Park District Board of Trustees meets the second Monday of each month at 6 p.m. at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave., Aurora, unless otherwise noted, and in accordance with the Open Meetings Act. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. Agendas and board packets are posted here and available publicly on the Thursday before each month’s meeting.
To enrich our community with fun, diverse and safe park and recreation experiences through environmentally and fiscally responsible actions.
The Fox Valley Park District is a dynamic and growing park district that serves a diverse population of
more than 233,000 people. Recognized as an Illinois Distinguished Agency, Fox Valley holds the nation’s
highest honor as a National Gold Medal Award winner for excellence in park and recreation
Serving the communities of Aurora, Montgomery and North Aurora, the District maintains 164 parks and
45 miles of inter-connected regional trails amid 2,500 acres of parkland. Connected by the Fox River, our
communities are tied together by the District’s commitment to promote vibrant, healthy lifestyles
through fun and safe recreation opportunities that are environmentally and fiscally responsible. The Fox
Valley Park District…Where Fun Begins!
Assessed Value (2012): $3,777,678,353
Annual Budget (2013-14): $47,859,081