Updated: January 16, 2014 6:02AM
Will County Board Chief of Staff Bruce Friefeld recently was reconfirmed as a Governors State University trustee by the Illinois State Senate, according to a press release from the county board.
It is an unpaid position.
“On behalf of the entire board, I congratulate Bruce on his confirmation and successful tenure of service to one of our state’s great institutions of higher learning,” Speaker Herbert Brooks, Jr. said in the release. “Will County and the state of Illinois are better places because of the time, energy and devotion he has given over the past 30-plus years. We appreciate the wealth of knowledge and expertise he brings to the role of chief of staff on a daily basis.”
Friefeld originally was appointed to the Governors State University Board of Trustees in 1996. He was the chair of the board from 2000 to 2007.
This marks his 17th consecutive year of service to the University Park school. During his tenure, Friefeld has been a champion of quality education while keeping GSU’s undergraduate tuition among the most affordable in the Chicago area, the release said. He also was a member of Illinois’ Civil Service Merit Board from 2003 to 2007.
The longtime Mokena resident began his career in public service after his election to the Mokena Village Board of Trustees in 1983. Two years later, Friefeld was elected supervisor of Frankfort Township. In 1988, he was appointed as legal counsel to the Will County executive and later was a special assistant in the executive’s Office. Since 2004, Friefeld has held the board’s chief of staff position.
Friefeld received his law degree from DePaul University College of Law and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1974. He also is a veteran of the U.S. Navy Reserve.
His local community service includes past president of the Mokena Chamber of Commerce as well as the Mokena Lions Club. In addition, he was a member of the Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Foundation for Educational Excellence.