Will County Board reorganizes, elects Herbert Brooks Jr. as speaker

The Will County Board on Monday unanimously elected Herbert Brooks, Jr. (D-Joliet) as its speaker..

Diane Zigrossi elected Democratic chair, Jim Moustis elected Republican chair

JOLIET, IL –  The Will County Board on Monday unanimously elected Herbert Brooks, Jr. (D-Joliet) as its speaker.  Democratic members then elected Diane Zigrossi (D-Lockport) as their party chair; and Republicans elected Jim Moustis (R-Frankfort) as their party chair.  The board reorganized after newly elected board members were given the oath of office and officially seated.

“I pledge to work with everyone on this board and throughout our county,” said Speaker Brooks.  “Together, we have been elected to represent the 700,000 people that call Will County home and continue the great task of making this the best place to live and work.”

The board voted to change the name of its leader from chairman to speaker prior to selecting Brooks for the post.  Brooks becomes the first African-American ever elected to head the board.  He was first elected to the board in 2008.  He has been the pastor of St. John Church in Joliet for the past 22 years.  Brooks and his wife, Gwen, of 38 years are the parents of five children and eight grandchildren.  He is a graduate of LaSalle University of Chicago with a Bachelor Degree in Business and John Marshall Law School with a certificate of completion in Social Law.

“Congratulations to all the newly elects members,” said Democratic chair Zigrossi.  “With an even number of Democratic and Republican board members, we now have the unique opportunity to show other government bodies how to come together and work side by side in a bipartisan fashion.”

Zigrossi was first elected to the board in 2008.  She founded Seiler Business and Financial Consultants in 2005 after spending a 28-year professional career in the banking industry working in capacities of management, operations, commercial and consumer lending.  Zigrossi and her husband, Tim, share in the joy of their children and grandchildren.  She is a graduate of the College of St. Francis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Organizational Management.

“I look forward to working with everyone and getting to know the many newly elected members,” said Republican chair Moustis.  “We must all stay committed to doing the work of the people and what is best for Will County.”

Moustis served as the chairman of the board for the past 14 years and was originally elected to the board in 1992.  During his tenure as chairman, Moustis oversaw the management of the explosive development that made the county one of the fastest growing places in the country.  He has lived and been actively involved in the Frankfort community for more than three decades.  He and his wife have six children and eleven grandchildren.

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