Operations Committee

Committee function

The Operations Committee of the Forest Preserve District Board of Commissioners formulates and makes recommendations to the Board concerning adoption of operational policies relating to the District's general affairs, and compiles a set of such policies which, when adopted, constitute a guide for future decisions of the District.

Subjects of these policies include maintenance, police, recreation, development, educational facilities and programming, land use policies and plans, classification and designation of use for District buildings and structures, and employment policies, including the employee handbook.

This Committee also supervises the implementation of Board-approved Capital Improvement Programs relating to preserve developments, enhancements and habitat management programs. It also reviews all matters pertaining to legislation concerning the District's operational functions, and makes appropriate recommendations to the Board.

Committee membership

Chair: Joe VanDuyne
Vice Chair: Frankie Pretzel
Members: Steve Balich, Julie Berkowicz, Natalie Coleman, Katie Deane-Schlottman, Mica Freeman, Jackie Traynere, Sherry Williams

View all Board members in the Board of Commissioners directory.

Committee meetings

The Operations Committee meets the first Thursday of the month (unless changed by the Committee) at 9 a.m.

Operations Committee meetings are held at the Will County Office Building, 302 N. Chicago Street, Joliet, Il, 60432. View a Google Map of the meeting location.

Operations Committee meetings are open to the public, and anyone who wishes to address the Committee may do so at these meetings.

View Operations Committee meeting documents, including agendas and minutes.


The Forest Preserve District protects and enhances Will County’s natural and cultural resources for the benefit of current and future generations.


Bringing People and Nature Together

Guiding principles

  • Staying true to our purpose.
  • Being good stewards.
  • Connecting people and nature.
  • Focusing on wellness.
  • Working with others.
  • Promoting sustainability.