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Executive Director

Ray McGury
Executive Director

Ray McGury joined the Naperville Park District in September 2008 with more than 27 years of community leadership, education and law enforcement experience. In his role as Executive Director, Ray oversees a budget of more than $34 million and is responsible for the overall management of a regular staff of 100+, and more than 1,000 seasonal employees. As the head of the District, he is additionally responsible for directing the operations and maintenance of more than 137 parks and facilities across 2,400+ acres, and the offering of more than 1,500 recreational, arts, athletic and environmental programs for all ages.

Prior to joining the park district, Ray served as a leading law enforcement professional with the Naperville Police Department for more than 20 years, retiring at the rank of police captain, and later at the Bolingbrook Police Department where he served as the Chief of Police from 2005-2008.

The Naperville Park District has continued to make significant progress under Ray’s leadership, completing key facility projects like the District’s first nature interpretive center at Seager Park, Knoch Knolls Nature Center and Fort Hill Activity Center. Additionally, he oversaw a years-long project that involved seeking significant community input, the decommissioning of the 51-year-old Barn Recreation Center and the building of a new Central Maintenance Facility in its place.

Demonstrating the District’s exceptional leadership in the industry, Ray led the organization through an initial CAPRA national accreditation process through the National Recreation and Park Association and a reaccreditation in 2016. The District also has successfully received and renewed its state Distinguished Accreditation under his purview.

A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Ray has been honored by the Illinois State Crime Commission as Police Chief of the Year and received the Medal of Honor for Bravery from the International Narcotics Officers’ Association. He also received the Naperville Jaycees Distinguished Service Award, the Kreml Leadership Award from Northwestern University, and many others. An involved community member, Ray has been active in the Illinois Special Olympics, St. Baldrick’s Cure for Pediatric Cancer, Naperville Ribfest, and has been a volunteer coach for the Naperville and Bolingbrook park districts and YMCA. Additionally, he serves as an adjunct professor at the Center for Public Safety at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, an adjunct criminal justice professor at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL, and an instructor for the Department of Homeland Security in Washington D.C.

Ray holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from St. Xavier University and a Masters of Public Administration from Northern Illinois University. He also is a graduate of the Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command and the Rocky Mountain Executive Management Program.


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