News Release: Lake County Board Appoints Key Leadership Positions in Transportation and Public Works

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Lake County Banner / Standard

The Lake County Board is excited to announce appointments to two key leadership positions in the areas of transportation and public works. Shane Schneider, P.E., MBA will serve as the new Director of the Lake County Division of Transportation/County Engineer and Rodney Worden, P.E., will serve as the Lake County Director of Public Works. 


Most recently, Shane served as the Village Engineer for the Village of Glenview. He brings significant private and public-sector experience leading large construction projects, managing long-term capital plans, and working with IDOT along with local communities.  He grew up in Lake County and currently resides in Lake Villa. 


Rodney assumes this new role following a life-long career in the military, most recently as the Division Director of the U.S. Africa Command in Germany. Rodney brings vast executive leadership and experience in public works and multi-discipline planning, engineering and acquisition delivering water and waste water systems, construction, environmental and facilities services for Navy installations worldwide.

Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor said, “Rodney and Shane are exceptionally talented professionals who will lead LCDOT and Public Works forward and deliver on the County Board's unwavering commitment to investing in the transportation and public works infrastructure that is essential to Lake County's quality of life and economic vitality.”

Shane and Rodney fill vacant positions following the retirements of Paula Trigg (LCDOT) and Peter Kolb (Public Works).  Both positions were advertised nationally. The candidates participated in interviews with an executive panel, including municipal representatives, as well as a panel of current employees. County Administrator Barry Burton along with Chairman Lawlor, and Public Works and Transportation Committee Chair Ann Maine, interviewed the candidates and recommended their appointments to the County Board. The Board approved Shane’s appointment at its August meeting and Rodney’s appointment in June.

Lake County Administrator Barry Burton said, “These individuals have demonstrated their leadership and management competencies, vast experience in engineering and infrastructure, and ability to deliver results. We are very excited to have them bring their knowledge and skills to Lake County and lead the extraordinary teams we have at LCDOT and Public Works.” 

Rodney and Shane start their employment on August 21.

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More about the departments:

The Lake County Division of Transportation (LCDOT) is responsible for the entire 300-mile highway system, 41 highway bridges and 62 miles of bikeways. LDCOT is also responsible for snow and ice operation and maintains a large fleet of vehicles and machinery. LCDOT has 129 full-time and 20 part-time employees, a $20 million operating budget, and a $50-60 million annual capital program. LDCOT’s five-year Highway Improvement Program is more than $580 million. The Director is responsible for the development of multi-year capital and funding plans, the implementation of innovative methods of highway construction, operations and maintenance, as well as active participation in a wide variety of transportation related organizations, agencies and governmental entities throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

The Public Works Department operates and maintains Lake County’s waterworks and sewage system. The department has a $40 million enterprise fund and provides water and sewer services to 25,000 retail water/sewer customers, 160,000 wholesale sewer customers, and 19 wholesale sewer contracts. The department has 95 employees. The department operates three water reclamation facilities with a total average day flow of 24 mgd; 12 local and regional sewer systems totaling 368 miles; and 73 pump/lift stations. The department is also responsible for 12 public water systems, totaling 300 miles of water main with a total average day flow 5.5 mgd; 8 elevated water towers; and 10 ground storage reservoirs.


Contact: Jennie Vana
Lake County Communications Manager
Phone Number: 847-377-2154