Roger William Powell was born and raised in Joliet, and still lives here today. He has been a commissioner since 2013.
Powell enjoys working with and helping others, especially the younger generations. As a basketball player and coach, he learned the importance of encouraging and empowering young people.
He received a Master of Science in Political Science from Governors State University, a Special Education Teacher certification from Chicago State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from Illinois State University.
For more than 30 years, he has been a coach and educator in Illinois and continues to serve the Joliet area at the Illinois Youth Center.
One of his core values is understanding the importance of today’s role models, and to stress academic achievement. His goal is to provide a respectable and adaptable program for constructive change in the community.