Des Plaines Park board appoints new commissioner

  • Eli Williams, newly appointed Des Plaines Park board commissioner.

    Eli Williams, newly appointed Des Plaines Park board commissioner. Courtesy of Des Plaines Park District

Updated 8/17/2021 10:37 AM

During a special meeting Aug. 2, the Des Plaines Park Board of Commissioners appointed local resident Eli Williams to serve the remainder of the term recently vacated by the passing of William Yates on March 5.

A request for applications was posted May 5, and the nine applications submitted were reviewed by the board in Executive Session June 15. Five candidates were selected, and interviews scheduled prior to the park board meeting July 20.


The official swearing-in ceremony will be held at the Aug. 17 park board meeting.

Four elected park board commissioners conducted interviews: Donald Rosedale, president; Erin Doerr, vice president; Jana Haas, treasurer; and James Grady, commissioner.

"The park board made an excellent choice. Eli is very energetic and will bring a fresh perspective to the district," said Executive Director Don Miletic.

Williams is co-owner of a business in Des Plaines and a current member of the Chamber of Commerce board of directors. He is involved with the Des Plaines Executive Network group, where he encourages new memberships and ideas through networking.

A new father, Eli sees his passion for athletics to expand and will be a strong advocate of what the park district has to offer its residents.

"I look forward to the continued growth of the park district and working with my fellow park board commissioners," Williams said.

by signing up you agree to our terms of service

The Des Plaines Park board is a legal governing authority through which the business of the district is conducted. Elected by the public for 6-year terms, the board consists of five volunteer commissioners who meet on the third Tuesday of the month in the David L. Markworth Boardroom at the Administrative and Leisure Center, 2222 Birch St.

Persons wishing to have items placed on the agenda should notify board Secretary Donald Miletic at the Administrative office by letter or by phone, (847) 391-5700, no later than the Wednesday before any regularly scheduled park board meeting.

Board agendas and approved minutes of meetings are available for the public to view at the Leisure Center and Prairie Lakes Community Center.

For more information, visit

Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.