Paul O’Grady: Experienced Manager, Championing Investment in Local Families
Paul O’Grady has served as Orland Township Supervisor since 2009. With the help of a talented staff, devoted volunteers and dedicated Township Board, he has championed investment in children and youth while promoting Township initiatives that support families, provide plentiful recreational options for area residents, and encourage economic growth and workforce development.
O’Grady, who previously worked as a police officer, has long been committed to public service. He served as chief of staff to Cook County Sheriff Michael Sheahan and as chair of the Orland Fire Protection District. He practices law with a Chicago-based firm and, among his other roles, serves as a Special State’s Attorney in Cook, Will, LaSalle and Lake counties. The Illinois State Crime Commission/Police Athletic League in 2018 honored O’Grady as “Township Supervisor of the Year.”
As Township Supervisor, he has advocated for senior citizens and has worked to fill in the gaps in places they may require extra assistance. From popular dancing and singing competitions to classes that promote both physical and mental fitness, he has helped create meaningful programming and fellowship opportunities for older adults.
O’Grady has worked to help unemployed citizens by implementing résumé writing and interviewing workshops, together with job fairs and other back-to-work programs. The Township operates a Food Pantry with a companion Pet Pantry to serve local families in need. The Orland Township Scholarship Foundation, of which O’Grady is president, awards scholarship funds to local students based on academic achievement and community service. (All scholarship funds are private dollars; no taxpayer money is used.)
He has kept spending under control by recruiting support for Township events from businesses and other local donors, while strengthening Township responsiveness and transparency. O’Grady strives to constantly improve the availability and caliber of services for local residents, all while holding the line on property taxes. Proving services and initiatives that enhance the quality of life benefits our entire community.
He and his wife Debbie reside in Orland Park, where they have raised their two sons Colin and Conner.