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I am honored to serve as your Will County Executive. As a lifelong resident of this great county, I have witnessed many changes as we have evolved from an ag-community to a major hub in the global distribution market.  I am dedicated to building upon this status but I am equally dedicated to maintaining the quality of life for the nearly 700,000 residents and thousands of businesses and organizations that call Will County home. 

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Will County hires Facility Management Director
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Will County hires Facility Management Director

Addition of new county buildings and planned renovations spark need for new position

      A 20-year veteran of the United States Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps has joined Will County as its new Facility Management Director. The new position is responsible for the numerous buildings that are part of the county-wide operations.

     Will County Executive Larry Walsh announced the addition of Joel Van Essen, 46, to his staff. Van Essen brings more than 20 years of experience in facility maintenance and project management.

     “We are proud to have Joel on our staff to oversee county buildings such as the new state of the art Public Safety Complex, which will be opening soon, and the future courthouse that will soon begin construction,” Walsh said. “This is an exciting time for Will County as we are in the midst of the largest capital campaign in our history. Having Joel on board to oversee the day to day operations of these new and our existing building is a great asset for the county.”

     While serving in the U.S. Navy, Van Essen managed naval facilities at various bases around the country and completed two Seabee tours overseas. He also served two tours in Afghanistan where he advised Afghans officials such as the Mayor of Kabul and the Governor of Ghazni Province in facility management and oversaw construction of important civic/security facilities and infrastructure. He will be able to employ the skills he learned while serving in the Navy to this new position. Most recently, Van Essen served as project manager for the University of Chicago Medicine’s $200 million cancer center renovation.

     “I learned how to develop a comprehensive program which gave a total picture of all assets and planning while in the Navy,” Van Essen said. “The skills of proper programming and cost management can be applied in my position with Will County as well. My goal is to create unity amongst the various county buildings and focus on efficient operations.”

      Currently, Van Essen is preparing to relocate the Sheriff’s operations from several buildings into the new Public Safety Complex, which is projected to open at the end of 2017. He is working to establish contracts for the day to day operations of the building including janitorial services as well as grounds and elevator maintenance.

     “Once the building is finished, there is still work to be done to prepare for staff to move in,” he said. “It is a big coordination effort to ensure when the doors open all the phones and computers are working, the lights are on, the parking lot is safe and accessible. We are fortunate in Will County to have many dedicated individuals working towards this goal.”

     In addition to the new courthouse, Van Essen is working with health department officials on programming needs for its new building.

     “This will be another large project for Will County,” he said. “The current building was built in the 1920s and has far outlived its purpose. We need a new, efficient health department building to deliver the important health services the residents of our county need and deserve. This is a big job, but I am up for challenge.”

     Van Essen currently lives in Orland Park with his wife and two sons.

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NOTICE: VIRTUAL MEETING INFORMATION FOR MARCH 3, 2021 HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

In accordance with Tier 1 mitigation efforts instituted for Region 7, the March 3, 2021 Will County Historic Preservation Commission meeting will be held via videoconference/telephonically through the Webex Events platform. The meeting begins at 7:00pm. While the Will County Office Building located at 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet will be open, a limited number of people will be allowed inside which includes staff, Commissioners, applicants, and the public. Applicants and the public are encouraged to participate remotely by attending the virtual meeting, submitting comments before the meeting via email, or calling in during the meeting.

ATTEND REMOTELY: Go to https://willcountyillinois.webex.com/willcountyillinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5f75020b4e77ccea2b062d11ac5f69a9 and click "Join Now.”

EMAIL COMMENTS: Public comments will be taken via email in advance of the meeting. Please email hpc@willcountyillinois.com with your comments. Your email will be read into the record during the March 3 meeting by Land Use Department staff.

PHONE COMMENTS: Public comments can be made during the meeting by calling (408) 418-9388 and entering access code 187 875 5392. 

The agenda is available for download here: http://willcountyil.iqm2.com/citizens/calendar.aspx?view=calendar& 

Please note that should you call into the meeting or join remotely, you will be muted upon entering by the host. You will be unmuted at the appropriate time to make a comment.

For further information regarding this notice, please contact the Will County Land Use Department, Development Review Division at (815) 740-8140.

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NOTICE: VIRTUAL MEETING INFORMATION FOR MARCH 3, 2021 HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

In accordance with Tier 1 mitigation efforts instituted for Region 7, the March 3, 2021 Will County Historic Preservation Commission meeting will be held via videoconference/telephonically through the Webex Events platform. The meeting begins at 7:00pm. While the Will County Office Building located at 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet will be open, a limited number of people will be allowed inside which includes staff, Commissioners, applicants, and the public. Applicants and the public are encouraged to participate remotely by attending the virtual meeting, submitting comments before the meeting via email, or calling in during the meeting.

ATTEND REMOTELY: Go to https://willcountyillinois.webex.com/willcountyillinois/onstage/g.php?MTID=e5f75020b4e77ccea2b062d11ac5f69a9 and click "Join Now.”

EMAIL COMMENTS: Public comments will be taken via email in advance of the meeting. Please email hpc@willcountyillinois.com with your comments. Your email will be read into the record during the March 3 meeting by Land Use Department staff.

PHONE COMMENTS: Public comments can be made during the meeting by calling (408) 418-9388 and entering access code 187 875 5392. 

The agenda is available for download here: http://willcountyil.iqm2.com/citizens/calendar.aspx?view=calendar& 

Please note that should you call into the meeting or join remotely, you will be muted upon entering by the host. You will be unmuted at the appropriate time to make a comment.

For further information regarding this notice, please contact the Will County Land Use Department, Development Review Division at (815) 740-8140.

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