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John M. Heinz
John began his public works career in the City of Geneva, Illinois as the Assistant Director of Public Services after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He attended his first Fox Valley Branch meeting in December of 1983, and became an official member of APWA upon the recommendation of Tom Talsma, his first boss, mentor and good friend in February, 1984. John departed Geneva in November of 1985 to take the position of Village Engineer, DPW and Building and Zoning Commissioner in the Village of Lindenhurst, Illinois. John became an active member of the Lake Branch when Steve Magnusen (Libertyville) and Ed Laudenslager (Vernon Hills) approached him to serve on several committees. He served on the Education Committee and the Scholarship Committee before being selected to be the Branch Treasurer in 1986, he became Branch President in 1990. The Branch Presidency followed his move from Lindenhurst to the Village of Barrington as DPW in 1989. John was selected as the Chicago Metro Chapter Treasurer in 1991 and due to the re-location of one of the other officers, this placed Johnin line to be the Chapter President at age 33 in 1994, the year that Chicago Metro hosted the APWA National Congress. In 1993 as the Chapter First Vice-President, John organized and hosted the first Chapter Leadership Retreat at Lake Lawn Lodge in Delevan, Wisconsin. The desire was to have all the Chapter and Branch officers and leaders assemble in one place to discuss challenges, issues, provide training for all officers on their duties, have an opportunity for fellowship and the ability for all Chapter leaders to get to know each other better. This retreat has been held every year since 1993 and has been one of the cornerstones for the strength of the Chicago Metro Chapter. Hosting the 1994 National Congress was significant because the National APWA organization was in a financial crisis, after moving their headquarters to Kansas City from Chicago just a few years earlier. The Chicago Metro Chapter once again showed what an incredible organization it was and continues to be as the success of the 1994 Congress pulled the National organization out of financial trouble and virtually all attendees indicated it was one of the best Congress’s ever. The Chicago Metro Chapter played a significant role in the financial success of the 1994 Congress. John continued to serve the Chapter after being Chapter President by chairing the Education Committee, Co-Chairing the Awards committee, serving on the Chapter and Branch Golf Committees, served as Chapter Historian for 3 years, served on the Chapter 75th anniversary Committee, and has been a Presidential Appointee for many of the Chapter Presidents since 1994. John was the Alternate Chapter Delegate from 2002 to 2007 and Chapter Delegate from 2007 to 2014 for a total of 12 years. He has been on the Illinois Public Service Institute (IPSI) Management Committee (MC) since 2002, serving two, two year stints as Chairman. He has served on the MC of the Midwest Advanced Public Service Institute (MAPSI) since 2015.
In 2008 the Chicago Metro Chapter was successfully selected to host the 2013 National Congress and Exposition. John and Dave Lawry were Co-Chairs that assembled the team that convinced the National site-selection committee to choose Chicago. John then went on to be the Co-Chair of the Chapter Management team for the 2013 Congress with Larry Lux. Their Congress Management team once again planned and executed one of the most memorable Congress that members talk about on numerous occasions. John continues to serve the Lake County Branch as a Branch Director and the Holiday Event Chairman and has taken on the Chapter Golf Committee Co-Chair with Frank Tripicchio. The Chapter golf outing raises money for Chapter scholarships that are provided, in excess of $15,000 annually. John has served on the National Awards Committee for 2 years and on the Congress Site Selection Committee 4 times, serving as Chairman 3 of those 4 stints. John was selected as the National Harry Swearengin Award winner in 1996 for service to the Chapter, and was provided with one of the highest honors of his career as one of the Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year in 2004.
John completed his public works career as the DPW in Libertyville, Illinois and at the time of his induction to the Hall of Fame was working for Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. as a Senior Construction Manager.
In 2014 John became a Life Member of APWA.
In 2019 John received the APWA National Presidential Leadership Award in Seattle at PWX from National President David Lawry.