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The Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners strongly supports Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent appointment of Michael Kelly as the new General Superintendent and CEO.

“For the past few months, we have had an opportunity to work closely with Mike while he served as Interim General Superintendent,” said Chicago Park District Board President Bryan Traubert. “As a strong leader with extensive knowledge of the District’s operations and policies and a solid working relationship with our sister agencies, we know Mike Kelly is the perfect fit for this job.”

Chicago Park District Board Vice President Bob Pickens added, “We look forward to continuing our working relationship with Mike in his new position as General Superintendent and CEO.”

The Board of Commissioners will vote to approve Kelly’s appointment at the next Chicago Park District board meeting scheduled for Nov. 9.Previously, Kelly held the position of Chief Operating Officer for the Chicago Park District since 2007. During this time, he led the development of the District’s long-term capital investment program, prioritizing $350 million in park design and construction projects. These efforts include the completion of LEED-certified field houses, ADA-compliant playgrounds, new beach houses and the extensive restoration of Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain. Prior to serving as Chief Operating Officer, he held positions as both First Deputy General Counsel and Director of Intergovernmental and Community Affairs.

Kelly earned a JD from DePaul College of Law in Chicago, and a BA in Political Science from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He is married, and the father of four children. He and his family reside in the West Morgan Park community.

  • Contact Phone: 312.742.7529
  • Publication Date: 10/24/11