Keith Pekau was elected Mayor of Orland Park in April 2017 in his first run for elected office.
As Mayor, Keith has worked with the Orland Park Village Board to reduce the village’s operational budget by 13.9% and debt by approximately $40 million. This has allowed the village to lower property taxes while making additional investments in our roads, infrastructure, and parks.
When elected, Keith fulfilled his campaign promise and turned down the lucrative pension put in place by his predecessor. He then worked with the village board to eliminate pensions for all elected officials in Orland Park. As a strong believer in citizens government over career politicians, Keith worked to get term limits on the ballot and saw the referendum pass with nearly 89% of the vote in November 2020.
During his tenure, Keith proactively worked to reduce crime in Orland Park, leading to the lowest village crime rate in over a quarter-century. He works closely with regional municipal and business partners, co-founded the Chicago Southland Interstate Alliance, an I-80 corridor development group, and is on the board of the I-80 Coalition. When three major retail companies went out of business in February 2018, Keith led the efforts to find sustainable replacements to keep tax revenue flowing into the village.
Keith is a decorated combat veteran and Air Force Instructor Weapons System Officer. He has over 1,500 hours of flight time, including 45 combat sorties and 150 combat hours over southern Iraq.
After leaving the Air Force, Keith was a management consultant for two international consulting firms. In 2003, Keith started GroundsKeeper Landscape Care, a full-service landscaping and tree service company, which he sold in 2019. In 2009, Keith co-founded Fahrenheit Consulting which specializes in helping businesses develop market growth strategies.
Mayor Pekau looks forward to continuing to use his diverse experience to lead Orland Park into the future. Born and raised in Orland Park, he has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Arizona State University and an M.B.A. from Duke University, as a Fuqua Scholar.