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Bolingbrook’s Harris Succeeds Summers as Forest Preserve Board President

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Forest Preserve Board officers are, from left to right, Vice President Amanda Koch, President Kenneth E. Harris, Secretary Mimi Cowan and Treasurer Tyler Marcum. (Photo by Glenn P. Knoblock)

Kenneth E. Harris of Bolingbrook has succeeded Laurie Summers as president of the Forest Preserve District’s Board of Commissioners.

Summers of Crete resigned from the Board in October. As a result of her resignation, Harris moved up from his position as vice president.

Harris is a self-employed certified public accountant who worked for the State of Illinois for 32 years before retiring in 2018. He has served on the Board since December 2013.

“I don’t take this position lightly, and I truly thank my fellow commissioners for having faith in me,” he said. “I’m in my seventh year as a commissioner and I have learned a lot from past presidents who had more experience as elected officials. I have been patiently waiting, observing, learning and working with my fellow commissioners in the best interests of the residents of Will County.” 

The Forest Preserve’s motto is “Bringing People and Nature Together,” and that’s what Harris said he hopes to foster in his new role. 

“That’s what we’re all about: nature, open space, fitness, health and diet. It all goes hand in hand. Nature is friendly and good therapy.” 

In addition to Harris becoming president, Amanda Koch of Frankfort will now serve as vice president. And Mimi Cowan of Naperville is replacing Koch as secretary. Tyler Marcum of Joliet will remain as treasurer.

The 26-member Board meets the second Thursday of each month at the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago Street, in Joliet. Committee meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month at the District’s headquarters, which is housed in the Sugar Creek Administration Center, 17540 W. Laraway Road, in Joliet.


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