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Jeff Nehila Named as New Executive Director

November 11, 2016 10:06 AM

From: Board of Park Commissioners

After twenty-seven years with the District, five as Executive Director, Rick Julison will be retiring from his position at the end of the year. In anticipation of this change, the Board of Park Commissioners partnered with the Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD) to conduct an extensive search for a New Executive Director.

We are pleased to announce that on November 17, 2016, at our regularly scheduled meeting of the Park Board of Commissioners, we will take action to hire Jeff Nehila to the position of Executive Director.

Jeff Nehila has been the Executive Director of the Grayslake Community Park District for the last 6 years.  Prior to that, he served as the Executive Director of the Round Lake Area Park District for 8 years. He has also held Parks and Recreation positions in Ohio, Wisconsin, Maryland and Germany. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Recreation Management from the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. Jeff also holds the CPRE certification from NRPA. Jeff is married and has two daughters, one in high school and one in college. He enjoys fishing, biking, skiing and is an avid Red Sox fan. He has also played and coached competitive soccer for many years.

We are excited about the future and are pleased to welcome Jeff in his leadership role with the District.

In accordance with the Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120/7.3) (b) At least 6 days before an employer participating in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund approves an employee's total compensation package that is equal to or in excess of $150,000 per year, the employer must post on its website the total compensation package for that employee.

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