JOLIET – Curt Paddock, director of the Will County Land Use Department for the past 12 years, will retire at the end of January, Will County announced Wednesday.
Paddock, 67, has overseen several initiatives in his tenure, including the implementation of the www.willcountygreen.com website that outlines environmentally friendly practices for residents and businesses, the county said in a news release announcing Paddock’s retirement.
In a statement, Paddock said Will County “has become one of the leading counties to have government-led programs that support green initiatives. Our electronics recycling program set the bar for other counties as have our household hazardous waste and books recycling events.”
Under Paddock’s leadership, Will County was recognized by the International City/County Management Association with Gold Status as a “solar-leading community,” the release said.
The American Society of Public Administration recognized the Land Use Department with its National Public Integrity Award when Paddock’s served.
“Curt has led our land use department through many changes over the past 12 years,” Will County Executive Larry Walsh Sr. said in a statement. “He had embraced new technology and best practices for land use management and has helped keep our county moving forward.”
Before coming to Will County, Paddock worked in county planning and economic development in the Cincinnati area. Paddock said he plans to stay in Will County in his retirement.