News from President Toni Preckwinkle

Preckwinkle names experienced public/private sector experts to administrative positions

Originally published December 9, 2010–Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced two major personnel decisions on Thursday afternoon. Greg Wass will join the Preckwinkle administration as its Chief Information Officer (CIO). Robin Kelly joins the administration as the county’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).
“We’re putting together a team that can meet the challenges we’re facing. Robin and Greg are both going to be key players in improving the operations of County government,” said Preckwinkle.

Kelly is a former member of the Illinois General Assembly and has served as the chief of staff for Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias since 2007. As a legislator in the Illinois House of Representatives, Kelly was a financial watchdog and champion for consumer rights. She has a long record of working on behalf of small businesses across Cook County. Kelly has worked in public service for more than 25 years and is the first African American woman to serve as chief of staff for a constitutional officer here in Illinois.

Wass joins the County from his job as the CIO for the State of Illinois. He has more than 20 years of experience in public sector management and technology consulting. He has served in executive positions with the City of Chicago, Illinois State Treasurer and City of Alexandria, Virginia. Wass served as vice president of government solutions for a Fortune 500 technology services company and was co-owner of a technology and management consulting firm. He has also served as research director for the Chicago-based Civic Federation.

Preckwinkle said the appointments are an important part of the goals of her administration: fiscal responsibility, innovative leadership, transparency and accountability and improved services.

“We’re bringing together a team of the best and brightest. We need innovative leadership to identify initiatives that cut the costs and increase the efficiency of the services the County provides.  We’re changing the culture of Cook County and these are the people who we are relying on to help us institute initiatives and help us improve services for the residents of Cook County,” Preckwinkle said.

“I am grateful to both of them for joining our team and look forward to working with them.”
“Both Robin and Greg have a tremendous record of public service and are highly regarded in their fields. Robin has proven track record as an innovative and reform-minded leader. We share a commitment to eliminating redundancies and increasing the efficiency of County operations. Greg has a strong background in both the public and private sectors. With his help, we can open up County government to its citizens – making County operations more transparent and accountable to the residents of Cook County”.