Sixteen months after being hired as Brookfield’s first-ever recreation supervisor, the No. 2 position in the village’s Parks and Recreation Department, Ben White is headed back to the place where he cut his teeth as a recreation programmer.
The 27-year-old White has been lured back to the Leyden Township Recreation Department to serve as its assistant director. Before coming to Brookfield in February 2020, White had worked for Leyden Township Parks and Rec for nine years, starting as a summer seasonal staffer and working his way up to recreation supervisor, overseeing part-time staff, day camps and developing an after-school program.
It was specifically that experience that made White a good fit for Brookfield, where Recreation Director Stevie Ferrari wanted to offer something similar. Ferrari knew what White brought to the table, because she was his boss at Leyden Township before she was hired as Brookfield’s recreation director in July 2018.
“He’s been wonderful,” Ferrari said of White’s performance during his year-plus in Brookfield.
In Brookfield, White was instrumental in the development of the STARS (Students Together in an Active Recreation Setting), a new before- and after-school program for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. In addition to supervising STARS, White oversaw youth athletics programming.
With White’s departure, Ferrari will temporarily be the department’s only full-time employee.
White’s last day on the job in Brookfield was May 28. Ferrari has posted the job opening on the village of Brookfield’s website at brookfieldil.gov.