The Authority's Board of Directors consists of 9 members, four whom are appointed by the Governor of Illinois, and five whom are appointed by the Will County Board. All board members reside in Will County and represent the communities surrounding the former Joliet Arsenal. The mission of the JADA board is to transform the property into a source of peacetime employment for the region, just as it was a source of jobs during periods of conflict. Entrusted with the mission of creating economic development opportunities, JADA purpose is to guide the transformation and coordination with local, state and federal entities, to prioritize and organize resources to facilitate expedient and orderly development - to transform "swords into plowshares." has prepared and ratified a preliminary development plan to assist it in its efforts to acquire, prepare and market the site to developers. The Authority is identifying specific work activities that need to be undertaken to help it accomplish its goals and objectives of private development of the arsenal property.
Walter Strawn, Chairman
Walt Strawn is the Chairman of the Joliet Arsenal Development Authority and has been on the JADA Board from its inception. He served as a village Trustee from 1999 until appointed Mayor in 2008 and served as Mayor until May 2009. He also served as the Chairman of the Jackson Township Planning Commission.
Wayne McMillan, Vice Chairman
Wayne McMillan is the Vice Chairman of the Joliet Arsenal Development Authority and has been on the JADA board since 2001. He is a former Majority Leader of the Will County Board, and served as Chairman of the Will County Forest Preserve's Land Acquisition Committee, former Trustee/Deputy Mayor in Bolingbrook for 18 years, and former member of Will County's Landfill Selection Committee for the Joliet Arsenal project. He currently is a Vice President/Investment Banker for Wells Fargo.
Mattie Becker, Secretary/Treasurer
Mattie Becker is the Secretary/Treasurer of the Joliet Arsenal Development Authority and has been on the JADA Board since its inception in 1995. She served as JADA Chairperson in 1997. She has been the Manhattan Village Clerk for the since 1993. She also works as the Administrative Assistant within the Village office.
Mayor Alan Darr, Director
Mayor Darr has been a member of the Joliet Arsenal Development Authority Board since 1999. He has been the Mayor of the Village of Symerton since 1998. He was a village trustee prior to that for 4 years.
Warren Dorris, Director
Warren Dorris has been a member of the Joliet Arsenal Development Authority Board since 1997. He has been a member of the Joliet City Council since 1987, having been re-elected for 5 consecutive terms. He was a manager at Caterpillar for over 36 years. He served on the Board for the Warren/Sharpe Community Center and is the Chairman of the Eldest Council for the Churches of God in Christ of Northern Illinois.
William Koehler, Director
Bill Koehler has been on the Joliet Arsenal Development Authority Board since 2006. He is currently the President of IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers) Local 176, Joliet, IL since 1989, and Assistant Business Manager. He is a trustee on the NECA-IBEW Local 176 Health & Welfare Fund, Pension Fund, Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Fund, Joint Apprenticeship Committee Chairman, Residential Training Committee, NECA-IBEW Labor Management Committee and a delegate on the Will/Grundy Counties Building & Construction Trades Council.
Jay Plese, Director
Jay Plese was appointed to the Joliet Arsenal Development Authority Board in January 2003. He is the Superintendent of Wilmington Community Unit School District No. 209-U. He served two terms as a Wilmington City Council Member prior to 2004, serving on a number of committees and boards at the local, county and state levels.
Mayor Arthur Schultz, Director
Roy Strong, Director
Mayor Schultz has been a member of the Joliet Arsenal Development Authority Board since 1995. He currently is serving as the Mayor of the City of Joliet. He was on the Joliet Police Department for almost 29 years, serving the last 16 years as a lieutenant. He retired from the police department upon being elected Mayor of the City of Joliet in 1991.
Roy Strong is a member of the Joliet Arsenal Development Authority and has been a member since January 2009. Roy is the former Alderman/Mayor of Wilmington for the last 16 years, a life member of the V.F.W., and past commander of the American Legion. He currently is president of Island City Piping in Wilmington.