Village Departments

Development Services Department

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Ed Lelo
Director of Development Services
The Department of Development Services oversees the Village's Economic Development, Planning, Building, and Licensing Functions.

The economic development division is responsible for encouraging:

  • Neighborhood investment
  • Development of I-80 corridor
  • Business recruitment, retention, & expansion 
  • Redevelopment of blighted commercial centers

The planning division is responsible for providing professional guidance in achieving:
  • Planned village growth
  • Code updating
  • Historic preservation
  • Sustainability
  • Grant funding
  • Landscape and architectural review 

The building & code enforcement division is responsible for providing professional guidance in achieving:
  • Reviews building plans
  • Code updating
  • Inspects structures
  • Electricians testing and certificates
  • Fire protection reviews 
  • Issues licenses & permits
  • Issues Certificates of Occupancy
  • Conducts hearings for code variances and appeals
  • Enforces rental housing ordinances
  • Inspecting elevators
Department of Engineering Programs and Services

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Khurshid Hoda
Director of Engineering Programs and Services
The Department of Engineering Programs and Services enhances health, safety, transportation, infrastructure, and welfare of residents and Village assets by providing economical, responsive, and effective professional engineering and consulting services. The Department employs and retains qualified and competent professionals, cultivates an innovative and collaborative work environment and strives for continuous improvements.

The PES Department oversees the design, construction, and inspections of Village's engineering, transportation, grant applications, and infrastructure programs including water, storm-water, sewer, utilities, and telecommunication services.

The Engineering Programs and Services is responsible for encouraging:
  • Engineering designs, reviews, permits, and inspection of all private developments
  • Engineering designs, reviews, permits, and inspections of all Village-owned projects
  • Planning, design, engineering, and inspection of transportation, infrastructure, utilities, and pedestrian pathways
  • Vehicular and pedestrian masterplans
Finance Department

Kevin Wachtel 
Finance Director
The Department of Finance is the fiscal collection and control agency of the village. It safeguards assets through adherence to sound financial management practices and procedures. It also provides the public, Village Board and staff with the financial analysis needed to develop appropriate policies. The department establishes and maintains effective accounting and internal control systems and continually enhances the village's financial management and reporting systems. Primary functions include budget preparation, audit oversight, investment of cash, collection of revenues, analysis of expenditures, purchasing, accounts payable, payroll, water billing, contract administration and risk management.

Financial Documents:

  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR):
    The CAFR details the results of the village's most recent year end audit. 
  • Budget:
    The budget displays the revenue and expenditures expected for the year overall and by department, along with prior year actual information.
  • Popular Annual Financial Report (PAFR):  The PAFR provides a simplified presentation of the Village's financial activities and position in a transparent and easily understood format.
  • Capital Plan:
    The village's capital plan identifies planned capital improvements for a 10-year period and applicable funding sources for the current budget year. The projects planned for the 2017 fiscal year are reflected in the capital improvements section of the village's annual budget.
  • Budget in Brief:  View 2021 Budget in Brief Here
Achievement for Financial Reporting Excellence
The Village of Orland Park Finance Department has been the recipient of the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for more than 20 consecutive years. To receive this prestigious award, the Village must publish an easily readable and efficiently organized Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This report must satisfy both generally accepted accounting principles and applicable legal requirements.

Distinguished Budget Presentation Award
In addition, the Finance Department has the recipient of the GFOA Distinguished Budget Presentation Award more than 10 years. In order to qualify for this award, the village's budget document must meet the requirements of serving as a financial policy document, operations guide and communication device.

Financial Stability and Health - Bond Ratings:
The village continues to receive exceptional bond ratings from each of its rating agencies. During its most recent bond issuance, the village received an AA+ rating from Standard & Poor's and Aa1 rating from Moody's.

Fund Balance Policies
The village board has approved fund balance policies for its funds. These fund balance policies are key factors in determining funds available for operating and capital expenditures. Reserve policies are set to provide adequate protection for the future. 

Revenue Sources
The village's largest revenue source originates from the 1% sales tax. In addition to sales, property and income tax revenue, the village utilized its Home Rule status to assess a .75% home rule sales tax. Even through the village enjoys Home Rule status, there are many untapped taxes utilized by other municipalities that the village has not imposed due to its financial stability. They include: real estate transfer tax, restaurant food & beverage tax, amusement tax, off track betting tax, packaged liquor tax, and foreign fire insurance tax, to name a few.

Human Resources Department

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Denise Maiolo
Human Resources Director
The Department of Human Resources is responsible for employee and labor relations, benefits administration, risk management, employee training, maintenance of employee records, and recruitment and selection oversight. 

Open jobs are posted on our Employment page. Applications are only accepted online for current open jobs. Individuals needing accommodations in the application process should contact the Human Resources Office.

Benefits & Compensation
The Village of Orland Park offers competitive pay rates, excellent paid time off benefits, and a comprehensive full-time employee benefits program which includes medical, prescription drug, dental and vision plans, flexible spending program, life insurance, and employee wellness incentives. Full-time employees are also eligible for retirement benefits including pension plan participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund or the Police Pension and three elective deferred compensation plans.

Communications and Marketing Department

More than a century since the Village's earliest public information efforts, Orland Park's Office of Public Information, now known as the Communications and Marketing Department, upholds its reputation for excellence in communication and includes a staff of professionals dedicated to keeping the community informed, creating dynamic pieces to deliver the Village's messages and promoting special events for residents of all ages. The Communications and Marketing Department is responsible for:

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  • Broadcast of Village Board Meetings
  • Marketing - All village programs and services
  • Photography and Video Production
Social Media Policies

Police Department

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Joe Mitchell
Police Chief
This Department of Police Division is the management level group responsible for budgeting, planning, inspections, internal affairs, and the administration and coordination of all police services. In addition, this Division also directs the Emergency Services Division.

The Division of Police Administration is made up of the:

Public Works Department

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Joel Van Essen
Public Works Director
The Public Works Department is responsible for maintaining the Village’s infrastructure including:
  • Roadways and sidewalks
  • Sanitary sewer mains
  • Storm water mains
  • Transportation services
  • Vehicles and equipment for all departments in the Village
  • Village-owned storm water facilities
  • Water mains
  • Park location  maintenance and improvements 

  • Village Facilities, Metra and Open Lands property grounds maintenance and improvements

  • Village Pond shoreline stabilization

  • Roadway medians and traffic circles landscaping 

Department of Recreation and Parks
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Ray Piattoni
Director of Recreation and Parks

The Village is served by its own Recreation Department. The Recreation division offers a comprehensive program for all ages that includes preschool activities, day camps, sports camps, dance, special events, exercise, music, cultural arts, clubs, theater, teen activities, and special recreation programs.

The Recreation division boasts a variety of facilities to house our numerous programs. The Franklin Loebe Recreation Center includes classrooms, an indoor playground, indoor walking track, basketball/volleyball courts, wrestling space and a dance room.

This division is also responsible for scheduling the Village’s 500 plus acre park system, including Centennial Park Aquatic Center, Centennial Park, the John Humphrey Sports Complex, and the Grinding Edge Skate Park. The John Humphrey Sports Complex encompasses 20 acres of lighted softball, baseball, and football fields, along with concession and restroom facilities.

  •  The Sportsplex which opened March 2002, is a 90,000 square foot recreation center featuring a running track, sports performance area, free weights, a weight room and a youth-training area. The facility also includes 3 basketball/volleyball courts, indoor soccer center, gymnastics studio, 32 foot climbing wall, aerobic/dance studio and shuffleboard, indoor batting cages, women’s, men’s and family locker rooms, and child care services.
  • Orland Park Health and Fitness Center is the villages newest facility that offers a 78,000 square foot medically integrated health and fitness center including full service locker rooms, lap pool, warm-water therapy pool, strength training equipment, cardio equipment, fitness programs, personal training, group exercise studios, yoga & pilates, full court gymnasium, an indoor track and child care facilities. Spa/Massage Therapy packages are available for purchase along with a logo shop which provides a large assortment of apparel and accessories from top brands for men and women.

  • Centennial Park is a 236 acre site which boasts ball fields and soccer fields that are used by local organizations. State, regional and national tournaments have been hosted at Orland Park’s Centennial Park. In addition, Centennial Park includes a marina, path system, ice rink and sled hill. The Centennial Park Aquatic Center features a lazy river, body flume, drop slide, tube slides, platform jump, zero depth pool with kiddie play structure and lap lanes.
  • The Recreation and Parks Department maintains the Village's athletic surfaces and court preparations.
Village Clerk

John C. Mehalek, Village Clerk
Patrick R. O'Sullivan
Village Clerk
The Village Clerk attends board and committee meetings, publishes resolutions and ordinances and serves as the custodian of all Village documents not held by another Village officer. I am also the village’s local elections official.

Services provided by the Village Clerk’s Office include  freedom of information requests and general information.

The Clerk’s Office staff also works closely with the Cook County Elections Department to facilitate voting for Orland Park elections.