The Forest Preserves of Cook County is headed by General Superintendent Arnold Randall, who was appointed to the position in 2010 by Forest Preserve District of Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle.
During General Superintendent Randall’s tenure, the Forest Preserves has made notable strides in becoming a more transparent, accountable and strategic government agency, with an increased focus on restoring and protecting Cook County’s most precious natural areas. Key accomplishments include the ambitious Next Century Conservation Plan; a multi-year Centennial celebration to bring new and diverse audiences to the Preserves; developing and launching strategic plans for camping, recreation, trails and habitat restoration; creating an independent advisory Conservation and Policy Council comprised of civic and business leaders; and opening five new campgrounds that re-establish the legacy of camping in the Preserves.
Before his tenure at the Forest Preserves, General Superintendent Randall served as director of the Office of Civic Engagement at the University of Chicago and commissioner of the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development. He also served in a number of roles with the Chicago Park District, including director of legislative and community affairs, director of planning and development, and lakefront area and south east region manager.
General Superintendent Randall serves on the Board of Directors of the National Recreation and Park Association and has served as chair of the Chicago Community Development Commission and Chicago Wilderness. In addition, he has been active in numerous civic and professional organizations, including the Woodlawn Children’s Promise Community, American Planning Association and the Illinois Park and Recreation Association.