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About Chairman Haney


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Winnebago County Board Chairman Frank Haney is a Rockford, Illinois native. Son of a Sundstrand UAW electrician and Rockford Park District team member, Frank was raised with an appreciation for the private and public assets of his community. He and his wife of 17 years, Leslie are reside in Machesney Park where they are raising their young family of three children, Leah, Zach, and Frankie.

Chairman and Leslie Haney are proud graduates of Boylan Catholic High School. Leslie followed the path to become a Special Education teacher and Autism Team member with Rockford Public Schools, while Frank pursued his higher education with degrees from Rock Valley College (AA,) Rockford University (BA,) and Lewis University (Masters in Organizational Leadership.)

Frank’s career brought him back to his roots at Boylan where he directed fund development and its 13,000-member alumni association. With his love for basketball and making a positive impact on youth, he became a teacher and coach at the high school and college levels. Most recently, prior to becoming Chairman, he worked in the insurance industry helping clients/businesses navigate the complexities of customizing coverage to their specific needs.

Chairman Haney has long participated as a volunteer in his community, including:

  • Next Rockford, Facilitator
  • Transform Rockford, Volunteer
  • Rockford Area Economic Development Council, Board of Directors
  • Carpenter’s Place, Board of Directors
  • YMCA Strong Kids, Campaign Volunteer
  • American Red Cross Campaign, Volunteer
  • Rockford Sharefest, Volunteer
  • Boys and Girls Club, Little League Coach, and
  • Saint James Catholic Church Home & School, Past President.

With a passion for advancing the economic and social condition of the Winnebago County region, diverse professional experience, and involvement in supporting the great work locally focused organizations, Frank was compelled to increase his commitment to community service.

He was first elected to the Rock Valley College Board of Trustees in April 2013. He was twice chosen by his peers to lead the Board as Chairman. As a part of the Board, he had part in a number of notable advancements such as:

  • Expansion of the Aviation Maintenance Program, which led to the commitment by AAR Aircraft Services to locate their aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility at the Chicago Rockford International Airport
  • Pursuit of community-wide solutions to the region’s general education degree (GED) disparity
  • Downtown campus development making classes more accessible to all
  • Implementation of the accelerated TechWorks employer-driven training program to prepare students for careers in advanced manufacturing
  • Accomplished partnership with OSF Healthcare to provide a two-, four-, and six-year nursing degrees
  • Established through a partnership with Northern Illinois University, Woodward, Transform Rockford, and Rockford Area Economic Development Council, four- and six-year engineering degree program

Chairman Haney took office on December 5, 2016. Consistent with his commitments made during his campaign, Chairman Haney is focused on advancing his 19-point plan to make Winnebago County the most accountable, collaborative, transparent (ACT) governmental agency in the State of Illinois. The plan encompasses internal reform, consolidation, resource sharing, system alignment, implementation of evidence-based best practices, and proving the County’s commitment to partner for the best interest of citizens.

Chairman Haney has engaged as an advisor former State Senator and Representative, DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin, a Transform Illinois leader who has advanced similar priorities. He has also formed the Chairman’s Advisory Council, a transition team with four advisory groups in the areas of organizational leadership, finance, government efficiency, and strategic metrics. In his short time as chairman he has received positive public attention for this choice in new executive management including administrator, chief financial officer, and deputy administrator, as well as for his first policy recommendation being the introduction of an anti-nepotism policy in which he has received endorsement from County-wide elected officials.

Chairman Haney’s objectives for 2017 will be around five key areas:

  • Advance the ACT Initiative
  • Build effective, functioning relationships and teams, internally as well as externally
  • Rejuvenate the organization with a culture of constant and never-ending improvement
  • Regularly consult with subject matter experts and leaders from the public and private sector, and

Ensure the long-term success of the region with a strategic focus on public safety, economic development, education, and community health.

Winnebago County
404 Elm Street
Rockford, IL 61101
OFC: (815) 319-4444
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