Press Release

Monday, May 20, 2019

The Board has agreed to accept Tom Carstens’ resignation as Executive Director.  The District and Tom agreed to end Tom’s contract early so that he may begin his retirement.  As part of our agreement, the District will pay Tom three months’ salary out of the 8 and ½ months remaining on his contract.  Pursuant to state law and District personnel rules, Tom will also be paid for earned but unused vacation and sick days. 

Effective immediately, Deputy Director Brad Staab will serve as interim Executive Director.  With a number of upcoming large events like the Taste of Joliet, our immediate focus is to ensure these popular activities continue to be successful.  We are fortunate to have Brad and an experienced staff, and we are confident that the Joliet Park District will continue to provide the high level programs and events that you’ve come to expect.  After our busy summer season is completed, we will make a more permanent decision for the Executive Director position.  Ultimately, it is our intention to combine the Deputy Director and Executive Director jobs into a single Executive position. 

As a result of these changes, the Park District will also realize a significant cost savings.  By ending Tom’s contract early, and by ultimately combining two positions into one, the District will have reduced our administrative expenses.  In light of the financial difficulties currently faced by the District, this was an important consideration in deciding to approve a separation agreement with Tom.  We wish Tom well as he moves on, and we look forward to working more closely with Brad to continue providing the services you deserve.