- The number of people dying from heroin OD’s is unacceptable
- Recognized need to take a public health approach to dealing with problem
- Made a commitment to the community a year ago to do this.
- Pulled community leaders together to form HELPS initiative
- Has provided on going leadership and had the personal involvement necessary to make it happen
Known for his passion and commitment to Will County and its people, Lawrence (Larry) M. Walsh was sworn in as Will County Executive on December 6, 2004. Elected to the countywide office, Executive Walsh is responsible for the day-to-day operations of all county departments and also presides over Will County Board meetings. He is also known for having an open-door policy and is committed to fulfilling his role as County Executive on a full time basis.
Besides serving as County Executive, Walsh has a long distinguished career in public service. In 1970, he served as a member of the Elwood School Board and three years later, was elected as Jackson Township Supervisor - a position he held until 2004. Walsh also served as Illinois State Senator for the 43rd District from 1997 to 2005. In this position, he represented a large portion of Will County and parts of Kankakee and Iroquois counties. On two separate occasions, he served terms as a Will County Board member - once in 1974 and again in 1992.