MORE About the Auditor

Jake is the youngest of five children born in Kankakee, Illinois. Jake grew up primarily in Hopkins Park, IL and was educated at the Pembroke and St. Anne public school districts. After high school, Mr. Lee joined the United States Navy and served at several duty stations including: the United States Naval Academy (USNA), the USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and Bagram Airfield in Bagram, Afghanistan. During Jake’s tenure he quickly rose to the rate of Petty Officer Second Class, earned several accolades and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. Upon his return to Kankakee County, Jake got involved in the community; he currently supports several organizations through volunteering. In addition to the degree earned while on active duty, Mr. Lee holds a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Governor's State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Jake was elected Kankakee County Auditor in 2016. Jake has two daughters, Briánna and Maya.

COMMUNITY Involvement

  • Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA)
  • Community Foundation of the Kankakee River Valley (CFKRV)
  • Kankaee Valley Symphony Orchestra Association (KVSOA)
  • Kankakee County Chamber of Commerce Young Professional's Network (YPN)
  • Riverside Medical Healthcare System Oakside Corporation Board of Directors

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS and Associations


  • Illinois Association of County Auditors (IACA)
  • Illinois Government Finance Officers Association (IGFOA)
  • Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
  • National Organization of Black County Officials (NOBCO)

Awards and Recognition

  • Class of 2017 Edgar Fellows