Barrett F Pedersen

Leyden Township Committeeperson
9701 Grand Avenue, Ste A
Franklin Park, IL 60131
P: 847-455-9476
F: 847-455-9478
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About Barrett
After being elected Village President in 2009, Mayor Barrett Pedersen’s first priority was to put the Village of Franklin Park’s finances in order. Coming into office in the midst of the nation’s worst recession in generations, Pedersen discovered that the prior administration had left the Village in an unstable and dangerous financial condition. As a result of Mayor Pedersen’s directives and disciplined approach to spending as Mayor, in 2015 the Village’s bond rating was increased by Standard & Poor’s from a junk bond rating to an A+. Under Mayor Pedersen’s tenure, the Village has been able to refinance long-term debts that have resulted in significant savings.

Job creation, workforce development, and the attraction and retention of business underlie Mayor Pedersen’s vision for a vital community. Knowing that increased business activity lowers the tax burden on homeowners, Pedersen has aggressively pursued polices that attract new business and investment for Franklin Park, the 6th largest industrial employer in Illinois. His insistence on a “business friendly” attitude at Village Hall has simplified the permitting and occupancy process. He established the Franklin Park Partnership and works closely with business leaders to develop policies that will help all business in the Village prosper. Mayor Pedersen’s policies and leadership have helped reduce the industrial vacancy rate from 15.9% in 2009 to 6.5% in 2015.

Mayor Pedersen is active in the regional community. He has developed and nurtured critical partnerships to secure the completion of the Elgin O’Hare Western Access and to continue to foster regional cooperation to accomplish mutual goals. He was appointed by Governor Quinn to the Elgin O’Hare Western Access Advisory Council, a group that is guiding the construction and funding of this nationally significant project that will create over 65,000 jobs. His financial abilities were honored by being appointed to the Illinois Finance Authority Board.

In 2013 Mayor Pedersen was appointed by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle to serve as a member of the Cook County Zoning Board of Appeals. Mayor Pedersen also continues to be an active member of the Alliance for Illinois Manufacturing and as a result of his ongoing support and advocacy for manufacturers in the region, in 2015 he was the Alliance’s annual recipient of the Government Partnership Award. On behalf of the Village, Mayor Pedersen has also formed strong partnerships with the Chicago Metro Metal Consortium and the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. This regional collaboration has made Franklin Park a leader in promoting the growth of the region’s industrial economy and employment base.

In Franklin Park Mayor Pedersen is committed to innovative sustainability practices. The Village has built a LEED Gold Certified Police Station, replaced outdated vehicles with energy efficient electric vehicles and installed charging stations at Village Hall and the Metra train station. His progressive policies and initiatives have garnered the Governor’s Sustainability Award (2014), the Green Intelligence Award (2014), the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District’s Sustainability Landscaping Award (2014) and made him Midwest Pesticide Action Center Individual of the Year (2013).

Prior to being elected Village President, Mayor Pedersen served as Trustee on the Franklin Park Public Library Board, as a Commissioner of Franklin Park’s Cable Television Commission, later as a Trustee on the Village Board and finally as Village Prosecutor for 13 years. Mayor Pedersen enlisted in the United States Air Force following his graduation from Holy Cross High School. He has a degree in Urban Studies from Elmhurst College with Honors and a Juris Doctorate degree from Chicago Kent College of Law.