The board of directors of the Illinois State Crime Commission/Police Athletic League has selected Orland Township Supervisor Paul O’Grady as the 2018 “Township Supervisor of the Year.” The organization presented the award at its annual “Salute to Those Who Make a Difference” event in June.
“Supervisor O’Grady’s tireless efforts to better the lives of the residents of Orland Township is a testament to the integrity of his character and demonstrates that he truly cares about his constituents,” said ISCC/PAL Executive Director Jerry Elsner. “The people of Orland Township should sleep better at night knowing that Paul O’Grady has their backs.”
The ISCC/PAL is dedicated to combatting public corruption and strengthening the Illinois criminal justice system in this state. It strives to help protect the lives of Illinoisans by advocating for solutions in such areas as drunk driving, violent crimes, drugs and narcotics and gang activity. Its range of accomplishments in crime prevention, anti-terrorism, youth outreach, education, and other legislative initiatives is unmatched. The group’s membership and Board of Directors include many of the state’s most influential leaders in government, law enforcement, education, labor, business, and public policy.
“We strive at Orland Township to constantly improve the availability and caliber of services for local residents, all while doing our part to hold the line on local property taxes,” O’Grady said. “On behalf of the Township’s Board of Trustees, talented staff and amazing volunteers, without whom we could not possibly produce such a full and vibrant collection of programs and events, I’m honored to accept this esteemed award.”
A practicing attorney with the law firm of Peterson, Johnson & Murray-Chicago LLC, O’Grady serves as a Special State’s Attorney in both Cook and Will counties. He has served as a Special Corporation Counsel for the City of Chicago. He is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board as an instructional expert in various aspects of criminal law procedures for police officers and has received a certificate of executive management from the FBI National Academy at Quantico. He previously served as a Commissioner and then as Chairman of the Orland Fire Protection District.
O’Grady has served as Orland Township Supervisor since 2009. He has championed investment in children and youth while promoting Township initiatives that strengthen families, provide plentiful recreational opportunities for area residents, and encourage economic growth and workforce development.
The Township under O’Grady’s leadership has hosted regular job fairs and other initiatives to help residents find employment, tripled the capacity of its Food Pantry to serve local families in need, and launched a companion Pet Pantry. He also is president of the Orland Township Scholarship Foundation, which has awarded nearly $148,000 in scholarship funds to 197 local students based on academic achievement and community service.
“Our job at Orland Township is to help promote a greater quality of life for our residents by providing services and initiatives benefitting our community as a whole,” Supervisor O’Grady said. “We’re passionate about the work that we do and we’re grateful for this tremendous recognition of our efforts.”