Mayor Joseph E. Roudez III
Resident Meetings by Appointment Only
Monday, Tuesday, Friday
Phone: (708) 534-4237
Joseph Roudez III is the Mayor of the Village of University Park. Mayor Roudez has been a stalwart in the University Park community for more than twenty years. As a prominent leader in the African American community, he began his service in public life in 2005 when he was elected to the University Park Board of Trustees. As a Trustee for the Village, Roudez worked tirelessly to develop his talent as an economic developer and public servant. With an undeniable instinct about people management, over the years he used his experiences as a football coach and public speaking to motivate community improvement and to serve the people of University Park. Roudez’s laser-like focus on his work resulted in a victorious 2019 mayoral campaign where his background as a community organizer and union advocate was employed.
Now as University Park’s Mayor, Joesph Roudez has applied his prior and economic development know-how from past multi-million industrial and environmental projects to move the community in a new direction. The prior projects in the manufacturing sector and lake conservation which the Roudez originally fostered while serving on the Board of Trustees have served as a springboard to help cultivate fresh opportunities for the Village.
Mayor Roudez has brought approximately 250 million dollars in new commercial and industrial development to University Park. The most notable new developments to herald are Carvana, Dollar General, Quick Trip, Ryerson, and Amazon. Also, under the Roudez administration adding value to the south suburban region is the new 35 million-dollar METRA redevelopment project of the University Park train station. He is working to continue to enhance the quality of life in University Park. Over past years, his work to protect his community amid a water crisis and a pandemic is second to none. He has cultivated a business climate that brought Chicago-based as well as national and international firms to the area is also of note.
Mayor Roudez is known to harmonize well with other leading public officials at the county, state, and federal levels to get the municipal job done. So, in addition to his many municipal achievements, Mayor Roudez has been appointed to sit on many important regional governmental boards and commissions. Among those critical roles are serving on the: South Suburban Mayors Executive Board, the Will County Board as a Member-at-Large, and the CSEDC Board. Mayor Roudez is a veteran, who proudly served his country with distinction in the United States Army. His civic and community involvement also extends to the ecumenical community.
As a Deacon, Roudez is active in his church and as a Christian, he is always ready, willing, and able to coordinate potential service projects opportunities with any of the many denominations of churches, mosques, and synagogues in the region. Roudez, who is a strong proponent of family values, resides with his loving wife, Linda, to whom he has been married for more than 30 years. They have 4 children and 7 grandchildren.