Heidi J. Voorhees
Ms. Voorhees is the Owner and President of Voorhees Associates, a firm that handles both executive search and general management consulting assignments. She has led more than 80 recruitments for local government entities across the country and takes pride in facilitating a tailored, thorough process that gives elected and appointed officials the tools they need to make critical personnel decisions. Her clients have included the City of Austin, Texas; Johnson County, Kansas; Evanston, Illinois; Waukesha, Wisconsin; Fort Worth, Texas; Bloomington, Illinois; Carbondale, Illinois; Lake Lure, North Carolina; and North Metro Fire and Rescue District, North Glenn, Colorado.
In addition to her 8 years of executive recruitment and management consulting experience, Ms. Voorhees has 19 years of local government leadership and management service with the Villages of Wilmette and Schaumburg, Illinois, as well as the City of Kansas City, Missouri. From 1990 to 2001, Ms. Voorhees served as the Village Manager for Wilmette, Illinois – one of Chicagoland’s notable residential suburbs located on the shore of Lake Michigan. Since leaving the Village of Wilmette in 2001, she has been an Adjunct Instructor for the Center for Public Safety located on the campus of Northwestern University. She also instructs law enforcement executives in the Executive Management Program on management, community relations and organizational culture, and has been an Instructor for the Northwestern University Master’s Degree Program in Public Policy and Administration.
Ms. Voorhees holds a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University where she was a fellow in the Eli Lilly State and Local Government Fellowship Program. She was recognized as the distinguished Alumnus for the School in 1998.
Ms. Voorhees has served on the Boards of Directors of numerous professional associations including the Chicago Metropolitan Managers’ Association and the Illinois City and County Management Association. For two years, she was the Illinois representative to the ICMA University, the professional development arm of the International City and County Management Association. In 1999, she was selected to participate in the Leadership Greater Chicago Program and has been an active Rotarian for 19 years. She is currently on the Board of the Family Service Center for Wilmette, Glenview, Kenilworth and Northbrook, Illinois and the Board of the League of Women Voters of Wilmette, Illinois.