Meet Jim Reuter, our new Executive Director
Park District Names New Executive Director
CAROL STREAM, IL – After a nationwide search, Jim Reuter, of Elgin, has been named the executive director for the Carol Stream Park District.
“We are excited about Jim coming to work with the Carol Stream Park District. We know his time here will be well spent in pursuit of Carol Stream’s goals and the residents’ needs and expectations.” said Board President Tim Powers.
Reuter is currently the director for the Village of South Elgin Parks and Recreation Department. He has served there since 1997. During his tenure, he led his department to state accreditation – the first municipal department ever to do so. He is credited with securing $3.6 million in grants, and overseeing multiple construction projects including restoration of shoreline and bike trails along the Fox River. He also founded a supporting 501C3 foundation that raises funds and manages volunteers for the department.
Reuter has served on the boards of the Fox Valley Special Recreation Association and its foundation, the Fox River Ecosystem Partnership, and the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association. He is an active member of the National Recreation and Parks Association, the Illinois Parks and Recreation Association and Illinois Association of Park Districts.
“I am looking forward to being part of the already awesome Carol Stream community,” said Reuter “and to working with a great park district staff that has accomplished so much already. I am also looking forward to some new challenges and the celebration of successes ahead.”
Finance and Administration Director, Sue Rini, has been serving as interim director for the district since former director, Arnie Biondo, left to head up the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County in early January.
“We had an approved temporary succession plan in place, and updated strategic and master plans which we are actively working. This gave the board the ability to take its time with the search” said Rini.
Park board commissioners hired the Illinois Association of Park Districts to help launch a nationwide search for a new director. There were more than 30 applicants from states across the country with three finalists interviewed by the commissioners.
He began on July 21, 2014.