Goodson Resigning from Will County Board for Healthcare Job

District 5 rep to take over new role on April 9.

Lee Ann Goodson. Credit: File photo
Lee Ann Goodson. Credit: File photo
Will County Board member Lee Ann Goodson is stepping down after being hired as the new director of community and government relations for Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare.

Goodson, who will take on the new role starting April 9, represents District 5 on the county board, encompassing sections of Plainfield and Wheatland Township. 

She will take over for Sandy Benson, who is retiring April 11 after nearly 25 years with the health system, according to a press release issued Thursday by Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare.

On Friday, Goodson said she has known Benson since 2004, when Edward began efforts to build a Plainfield hospital.

"She has become very much a part of the Plainfield community," Goodson said.

Benson plans to continue as an active Rotarian and president of the Naperville Library Board of Trustees, and maintain her involvement in numerous other community volunteer activities, according to the release.

Goodson, a Plainfield resident who was first elected to the county board in 2002, served as Will County Legislative Coordinator for State Rep. Tom Cross from 2004 to 2013. 

When she takes over her new position with Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare, Goodson will also resign her posts as county government coordinator for House Republican Leader Jim Durkin and Commissioner of the  Forest Preserve District of Will County, the press release said.

The Republican party will also have to find a replacement for Goodson on the November election ballot.

"I'm really excited," Goodson said Friday. "I know I am going to miss working with Representative Durkin and I'm going to miss being on the county board. I really loved it."

But Goodson said she'll continue to work in the area, focusing on Edward's service area of Naperville, Plainfield, Aurora, Bolingbrook, Lisle, Oswego, Romeoville, Warrenville, Woodridge and Yorkville.

Editor's note: Updated with comments from Goodson.
Vicky Polito March 20, 2014 at 09:09 PM
Oh, congrats, Ms. Goodson! We'll miss Sandy, of course, but are glad that a good new person and solid transition are in place!
Michael Lambert March 21, 2014 at 09:28 AM
Congratulations on the new job, Lee. Thank you for your balanced representation of Plainfield area residents. While agreement in all things is not always possible, my experience has been that you have always been able (and willing) to articulate your position clearly and respectfully. You have been a fair, measured, concerned and responsive elected official with a willingness to listen and respond thoughtfully. I have never experienced a time when you refused to talk with a constituent nor have you imposed a personal ideology on the voters. I can only hope that more legislators will follow your example. Hopefully, your successor will prove to be equally receptive and responsive to all of us. Best of luck, Lee, in your new venture.
Joel Craig March 21, 2014 at 11:42 AM
What Michael said! On a personal note, thanks for your help and input on various projects over the years. Hopefully we've all contributed a little to making our town more livable. Congratulations on the new gig, maybe now well get that hospital built :-)
Bad News Bears March 21, 2014 at 03:07 PM
Edwards Hospital's gain - Will County Board's loss. Congrats Lee. Good Luck!!!!!


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