Randy Olson

Olson out as Forest Preserve president

Aug 23, 2012

Randy Olson was removed Wednesday as president of the Winnebago County Forest Preserve District Board over his management style, exemplified by his creation of a new public safety position and filling that post without board consent.

Commissioner Mary McNamara Bernsten, who was named the new president, was joined by Judy Barnard, Lee Johnson, Audrey Johnson and Gloria Lind in voting to oust Olson. Cheryl Maggio voted to retain him. Olson remains a commissioner.


Members of the Winnebago County Forest Preserve Board have asked Randy Olson to step down as board president.  They're upset with Olson for not including their input on a new hire.  Olson says he plans to keep his title.