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Joliet Park District officially names Staab executive director

Brad Staab elevated to role; he had been serving as interim director since May

Then-Joliet Park District Deputy Director Brad Staab presents the case for a tax referendum. Staab was named executive director of the district on Monday.
Then-Joliet Park District Deputy Director Brad Staab presents the case for a tax referendum. Staab was named executive director of the district on Monday.

Brad Staab is officially the Joliet Park District’s new executive director, the district announced in a news release Monday.

“We are excited about Brad’s appointment, and look forward to his leadership of the district,” the district wrote in the release.

Staab had been serving as interim director since May, when Tom Carstens accepted an $82,137 buyout to retire early. Before the interim director position, Staab was named deputy director of the district in 2016.

He maintained his salary of $110,000 in the interim position, but that wage was increased to $150,000 when he was named executive director, executive assistant Teri Talarico said.

The deputy director position has since been eliminated in an effort to save the district money, according to the release. By not filling Staab’s former job, the district said it will save $109,000.

Staab has been with the park district since 1991, working in various departments throughout that time, according to the release. He attended Providence Catholic High School and the University of St. Francis, graduating with a communications degree.

“During his time with the Joliet Park District, Brad has been instrumental in the success of Taste of Joliet since it was brought back in 2006, handling entertainment at the festival for 14 years,” the district wrote in the release.

Staab also helped secure the naming rights partnership with ATI Physical Therapy at Joliet Memorial Stadium and the Inwood Athletic Club.

Additionally, in his time as interim director, Staab has orchestrated more than $280,000 in savings through a combination of voluntary separations and positions being eliminated or consolidated, according to the release.

Ted Brodeur, who oversaw the Joliet Park District golf courses, also took a buyout deal in late July. His position will not be filled in the short term, Staab has said.

Staab plans to continue to focus on the park district’s operating budget while working with staff to create a vision for the district moving forward, according to the release.

On top of the changes to park district staffing, Splash Station was closed this summer as part of an effort to cut costs and increase revenue.

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