Heidi Voorhees

Title: 
President
Organization: 
GovHRusa
Bio: 

Ms. Voorhees has extensive experience in both executive search and general management consulting assignments. She has led more than 240 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 Austin, Texas; Lake County Illinois; Evanston, Illinois; Ferguson, Missouri; Fayetteville, North Carolina; and clients in Arizona, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

In addition to her 15 years of executive recruitment and management consulting experience, she has 19 years of local government leadership and management service, with the Villages of Wilmette and Schaumburg, Illinois, and 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. During her tenure, Ms. Voorhees focused on delivering high quality services and responsiveness to a recognized interactive community, streamlining administrative and management functions and team building throughout the organization that employed 200 individuals. Under her leadership, the organization developed a collaborative budget process, formalized its long range capital improvement program, and developed budget and financial policies that led to the achievement of a AAA bond rating for the community.

Since leaving the Village of Wilmette in 2001, Ms. Voorhees 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. Ms. Voorhees has also been an Instructor for the Northwestern University Master’s Degree Program in Public Policy and Administration. She is a frequent speaker on recruitment and selection issues and has conducted training programs for the Illinois City and County Management Association, the Ohio City and County Management Association, the American Public Works Association – Chicago Metro Chapter, the Illinois Association of Municipal Management Assistants, the Northern Illinois University Civic Leadership Program, and the Great Lakes Leadership Academy.

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. Ms. Voorhees was recognized as the distinguished Alumnus for the School in 1998. She also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from Illinois State University.

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 26 years.