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File #: 22-0282    Version: 4 Name:
Type: Consent Calendar Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 5/23/2022 In control: FPD Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 6/14/2022 Final action: 6/14/2022
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION HONORING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF TOM ROHNER TO THE FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY WHEREAS, Mr. Tom Rohner served the Forest Preserves of Cook County as the Director of Facilities & Fleet Department since 2019 and served previously as Facilities Manager; and WHEREAS, Tom oversaw a budget of approximately $7 million and over 50 personnel; and WHEREAS, Tom managed the critical relationship with Cook County's Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security and led the charge to incorporate the Forest Preserves into the Cook County Hazard Mitigation Municipal Partnership; and WHEREAS, as Chief Covid-19 OSHA Officer, Tom jumped in and became the subject matter expert on the evolving guidelines and recommendations for Forest Preserves facilities, vehicles, workspaces, and equipment. He made sure protocols were posted at every facility, workspaces were measured and marked off to ensure social distancing, screens were installed, and hand sanitizer distributed. ...
Sponsors: TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), FRANK J. AGUILAR, ALMA E. ANAYA, LUIS ARROYO JR., SCOTT R. BRITTON, JOHN P. DALEY, DENNIS DEER, BRIDGET DEGNEN, BRIDGET GAINER, BRANDON JOHNSON, BILL LOWRY, DONNA MILLER, STANLEY MOORE, KEVIN B. MORRISON, SEAN M. MORRISON, PETER N. SILVESTRI, DEBORAH SIMS, LARRY SUFFREDIN
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

HONORING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF TOM ROHNER TO THE FOREST PRESERVES OF COOK COUNTY

WHEREAS, Mr. Tom Rohner served the Forest Preserves of Cook County as the Director of Facilities & Fleet Department since 2019 and served previously as Facilities Manager; and

WHEREAS, Tom oversaw a budget of approximately $7 million and over 50 personnel; and

WHEREAS, Tom managed the critical relationship with Cook County's Department of Emergency Management and Regional Security and led the charge to incorporate the Forest Preserves into the Cook County Hazard Mitigation Municipal Partnership; and

WHEREAS, as Chief Covid-19 OSHA Officer, Tom jumped in and became the subject matter expert on the evolving guidelines and recommendations for Forest Preserves facilities, vehicles, workspaces, and equipment. He made sure protocols were posted at every facility, workspaces were measured and marked off to ensure social distancing, screens were installed, and hand sanitizer distributed. When the vaccines became available but not easily accessible to everyone, he helped work through all the logistics to establish pop-up vaccine clinics at Forest Preserve sites. He was a beacon of light during some very dark times; and

WHEREAS, as Clean Energy Champion, he pushed the Forest Preserves to embrace solar power, secure renewable energy credits to offset our building related emissions, and moved the organization away from non-renewable sources of energy; and

WHEREAS, as lighting transition champion, Tom managed lighting upgrades at Palos Preserves and worked with Adler Planetarium to ensure compliance with International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) standards. His work was key to success in establishing the Palos Preserves named the largest Urban Night Sky Place in the world by the IDA; and

WHEREAS, Tom helped begin the transition to a green fleet, positioning the Forest Preserves to further reduce its carbon footprint; and

WHEREAS, Tom went above and beyond the c...

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