BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Pictured (l to r) Trustee Michael Carroll, Trustee Patricia Gira, Trustee James Dodge,
Mayor Keith Pekau, Village Clerk John Mehalek, Trustee Carole Griffin Ruzich,
Trustee Daniel Calandriello, Trustee Kathleen Fenton
John C. Mehalek
Planning & Engineering
Mayor Pro Tem; Technology,
Innovation and Performance Improvement
Parks & Recreation
Carole Griffin Ruzich
Village Fields and Ponds
Orland Park Health & Fitness
Student Government Day
Market at the Park
Taste of Orland Park
Calendar of Events
Thank you very much for the honor and privilege of serving as your mayor.
I have only been in office for a few days, but it is a pleasure coming to work
knowing that I can positively impact 60,000 people every single day.
I understand that many of you do not know much about me, so I thought I
would first introduce myself and give you a brief background.
First and foremost, I know what the community means to us. I was born and
raised in Orland Park. My dad was a trustee for Orland Park for six years
and helped bring Orland Square Mall to the village. I played OYA baseball
and basketball, and was on the very first Pioneer football team. I am a
product of our local school system and attended Carl Sandburg High School.
I also have a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from Arizona
State University and an MBA from Duke University.
My Air Force service began in 1989. I became the youngest Mission Ready
Navigator and youngest Instructor Weapons System Officer in the F-15E.
My career included over 1,500 hours of flight time, including three tours to
Southern Iraq where I logged over 150 combat hours in Operations Desert
Storm and Southern Watch.
Upon leaving the Air Force in 1998, I moved back to Orland Park with
my wife Betty and our three children: Lisa, Tim, and Amanda. Since
returning to Orland Park, I coached baseball and basketball with the
OYA and Orland Park Magic for over 10 years. The Pekau family has
grown to include a granddaughter named Maddie.
On the business front, I worked as a management consultant for two
international consulting firms helping companies with market growth,
strategy development, value based management and acquisitions.
In 2003, I purchased a tree service business and became a local
business owner. The business has grown over 600 percent by targeting
new segments and geographies, re-branding the business, introducing a
series of new product and services and marketing through new channels.
The Village of Orland Park staff has worked hard to make my transition as
smooth as possible. Additionally, you may notice some changes in the
Orland Park Public. The staff has included several articles in this issue at my
request, including articles on our water system, streets, sports fields, ponds and
siren usage. I encourage you to read these articles as they provide critical
information on key issues and processes the village uses to make decisions.
I am humbled by the trust Orland Park voters have placed in me to lead our
community for the next four years. I pledge to you an administration dedicated
to transparency, accountability and honesty. I will serve according to the principles
that have guided my life since my time in the Air Force – integrity, service before
self and excellence. With your help, I know we can make Orland Park a great
place to live, work and play.
LETTER FROM THE MAYOR