Will County Executive at Work

Denise Winfrey, County Executive

Ms. Denise Winfrey is the Will County Executive. On June 8, 2020, she became the first woman and the first person of color to hold that position. Prior to becoming the Executive, she was Speaker of the Will County Board and the first woman to lead that group. 

On June 20, 2020, Ms. Winfrey was sworn in as the Second Vice President of the National Association of Counties. The organization has automatic ascension, meaning that in 2022 she will become President of the body; the first woman of color in forty years.

Denise also is involved with civic and charitable organizations around the area including president of the Will Grundy Medical Clinic Board of Directors, Joliet City Center Partnership, the Center for Economic Development, and the Illinois State Association of Counties (ISACO).

Denise is a member of the Joliet Chapter of the National Hook-Up of Black Women. There she serves as Legislative Chair and is a member of the Ways and Means committee.

In her spare time, Denise loves reading, traveling, and entertaining friends and family.

Denise is a graduate of Lewis University School of Business, Romeoville, IL, B.A.; American University School of Public Affairs, Washington D.C., M.S.O.D.; Gestalt Institute of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH, Graduate Certificate.


The County Executive's Office is located at:

Will County Office Building
302 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, IL 60432
Phone: (815) 774-7480
E-mail: countyexec@willcountyillinois.com
Fax: (815) 740-4600

The Executive Staff

Chief of Staff- Nick Palmer
Deputy Chief of Staff - Dave Tkac
Finance Director- Karen Hennessy
Budget Director - ReShawn Howard
Legal Counsel - James Harvey
Manager of Operations - Jennifer Scharf
Mobility Manager - Wendie Garlich
Comm. Director- Anastasia Tuskey
Public Information Officer- Tammy Reiher
Director of Substance Use Initiatives - Dr. Kathleen Burke