The Village of Tinley Park is governed by a Village Board consisting of a Village President, Village Clerk, six-member Board of Trustees and professional staff administered by a Village Manager, an Assistant Village Manager, a Village Treasurer and department heads, with support from a Village Attorney.
Department heads report to the Village Manager and Assistant Village Manager, who in turn report and make recommendations to the Village Board and are responsible for the implementation of Village Board policies and decisions. Peterson, Johnson & Murray S.C. is the Village Attorney.
The Village follows the Tinley Park Strategic Plan, which is comprised of five main goals: Supporting and enhancing a comprehensive public safety network in partnership with the community; cultivating a highly motivated workforce through investments in Village employees, processes and technology; expanding economic development opportunities; increasing neighborhood and business district stability; and improving community engagement and tourism. The plan aims to provide a safe, high-quality experience for Tinley Park residents, the business community and visitors.
David J. Niemeyer
Dave Niemeyer is responsible for the management and operation of all the affairs and departments of the Village of Tinley Park.
Niemeyer received a Bachelor’s Degree in political science in 1983 and a Master’s Degree in public administration in 1985 from Northern Illinois University. He has served as Village Manager for Richton Park (1993-98), Homewood (1998-2003), Des Plaines (2003-2007) and Oak Brook (2007-2014). He also served as Village Administrator for Orland Hills from 1988 to 1993 and as City Administrator/Assistant to the Mayor in Harvard, Illinois from 1986 to 1988.
Niemeyer is affiliated with the International City/County Management Association and the Illinois City/County Management Association. He pens the regular "For the Record" column, which appears in the Community Email newsletter.
Contact Mr. Niemeyer at (708) 444-5000 or email@example.com.
Assistant Village Manager | Director of EMA/911 Communications
Pat Carr has been with the Village of Tinley Park since 2005. As Assistant Village Manager, he assists the Village Manager in implementing Village policies and programs as established by the Village Board. In this role he also is responsible for overseeing the activities of the Police, Fire, Emergency Management, 911 Communications and Information Technology departments.
As Emergency Management Agency Director, Carr is responsible for emergency planning, coordination, response and recovery from natural and manmade incidents. He also is the Village EMS Coordinator and oversees the 911 Dispatch Center.
Carr is a retired Air Force Major with 23 years of service. In addition to his military experience, he has held company leadership positions in operations and sales.
Carr was the founder and president of AvTurf LLC, where he invented and received seven patents for marketing, safety and erosion-control applications. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in aviation management and a Master's Degree in public administration from Lewis University.
Brad L. Bettenhausen
Brad Bettenhausen has served as Tinley Park’s Treasurer since March 1984 and is a lifelong resident of the Village. He is the head of the Finance Department.
Bettenhausen is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Governmental Financial Manager (CGFM) and a Certified Public Funds Investment Manager (CPFIM). He has a Bachelor’s Degree in accountancy from Northern Illinois University.
Bettenhausen is a member of the Association of Public Treasurers of US&C (APT), Illinois Municipal Treasurers Association (IMTA), Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), Illinois GFOA, Association of Governmental Accountants (AGA), AICPA and ILCPAS. He has served in various leadership positions with the IMTA and is a Past President of the organization. He continues to be actively involved with the association.
Bettenhausen also is involved with local community organizations such as the Kimberly Heights Sanitary District, Tinley Park Historical Society, Orland-Tinley Park Cemetery Association, and the Kimberly Heights Homeowners Association.
Fire Services Administrator
Forest Reeder is Chief of the Tinley Park Fire Department and has been in fire service since 1979. He previously served as division chief for the Des Plaines Fire Department, director of training for the Southwest United Fire Districts, battalion chief for the Pleasantview Fire Protection District, and captain/shift commander for the Palos Fire Protection District.
Reeder has an Associate’s Degree in fire science technology from Moraine Valley community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in fire science management from Southern Illinois University, and a Master’s Degree in public safety administration from Lewis University.
Chief of Police
Matthew Walsh is Chief of the Tinley Park Police Department and is responsible for organizing, planning and directing police services for the Village of Tinley Park. That includes staffing, equipping and training approximately 100 sworn and civilian staff to respond to any and all law enforcement issues, as well as overseeing a $15 million annual budget.
The police department provides around-the-clock patrols and investigative follow-up, along with tactical responses to requests from citizens. Police officers enforce ordinances, traffic laws and criminal laws to support a safe community.
Chief Walsh earned educational degrees, including an MBA and BS in business administration. He is a graduate of Northwestern School of Police Staff and Command and the F.B.I. National Academy at Quantico.
Donna Framke is head of the Marketing Department and is responsible for the marketing, public relations, special events, public information, social media and tourism functions of the Village of Tinley Park.
A graduate of Victor J. Andrew High School, Framke received a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Illinois/Champaign and completed more than 40 hours of graduate-level marketing studies at DePaul University. She is a member of the City Council Communications and Marketing Association, the American Marketing Association and the Public Relations Society of America.
Prior to joining the Village, Framke was employed as vice president of marketing for Beverly Bancorporation, a holding company for the Beverly Bank group. She also worked as an account manager for an advertising agency.
Framke sat on the Community Consolidated School District 146 school board from 2001 to 2015. She also taught religious education at St. Julie Church from 1998 to 2013.
Interim Director of Human Resources
Paula Wagener is Interim Director of the Human Resources Department. This department is responsible for employee relations and training, benefits administration, risk management, labor relations, maintenance of employee records and recruitment/selection oversight.
Ms. Wagener’s professional experience spans more than 20 years in the human resources and business communities. Prior to joining the Village, she was a Human Resources manager for a manufacturing firm, a benefits and employee relations representative for a nationwide transportation company, and a Human Resources manager with a nonprofit association for laboratory professionals. She has also served in a consulting capacity for human resources-related services for various firms.
Ms. Wagener earned a Bachelor Degree in business administration from Governors State University, and a Graduate Degree in Human Resources management from Capella University. She also has maintained a certification as a professional in human resources from HRCI since 2002 (PHR).
Public Works Director
John Urbanski is head of the Tinley Park Public Works Department. John began working for Public Works in 1999 as a laborer in the Facilities Department. He was promoted to Facilities Foreman in 2006, and then Superintendent in 2013. He was promoted to Assistant Director in 2016 and Public Works Director in 2020.
Community Development Director
Kimberly Clarke is the Community Development Director. She is responsible for the Building, Economic Development and Planning divisions of the Community Development Department.
Clarke has two Bachelor's Degrees from Illinois State University. Her first degree is in small business management, and her second degree is in geography with a minor in urban planning. She also has a Master’s Degree in business administration with a certificate in managerial leadership from Northern Illinois University.
Clarke has 13 years of professional planning experience. Her passion is working for organizations that work with communities that further develop, create policies and support community development.