John Dougherty was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, but as of December 2, 2013 is proud to call Kingman home.
After graduation from high school John was hired by the American Red Cross (ARC) Blood Services, Heart of America Region, where he worked for nearly ten years in various customer service positions. While working full-time John also was attending Illinois Central College on a part-time basis, working on an Associate in Arts and Sciences degree. In 1985, John left employment with the Red Cross to pursue a Bachelor’s degree full-time, but returned to the ARC after just a few months as a part-time weekend Hospital Services Clerk. In 1986, he received an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Illinois Central College in East Peoria and in 1987, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
After graduation John moved back to the Peoria area in search of a career start. After several months of unsuccessfully searching for work in his field John landed an unpaid internship in the Human Resources Department of Peoria County, Illinois. After six months in the internship John was hired as a full-time, temporary employee in the County Administrators office. Over the next ten years he worked in various management capacities in Peoria County and also obtained a Master of Arts in Political Science, concentration in Public Administration, from Western Illinois University in Macomb. Once John achieved his Master’s Degree and became a department head he felt that he had reached his maximum potential at Peoria County and resigned in December 1999, to take a position as Village Administrator in Hebron, Ohio. He left Ohio in 2002 and took a similar position in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin, where he worked as City Administrator until 2008. He left Oconto Falls in July 2008 to take a similar position in Reedsburg, Wisconsin, as City Administrator until September 2011. Between Reedsburg and Kingman John worked for several months as a limited term employee with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development and several months as an independent contractor working with Granite Development Corporation, a municipal consulting firm.
Working in very small communities, with extremely limited staff, afforded John the opportunity to wear many hats on any given day. With nearly twenty-five years of experience working in local government finance he feels that this is his top area of expertise, but has also spent well in excess of 10 years working as Human Resources Director, Risk Manager, City Clerk, City Treasurer, Economic Development Coordinator, negotiator for labor contracts and development agreements, grant writer and administrator, and staff liaison to various standing committees.
John reflected that as he embarks on the next phase of his career he looks forward to working with a wonderful Mayor and Council, and outstanding staff here in Kingman. “While there is a lot of work to do here in Kingman, I wouldn’t have it any other way, I see a lot of potential that has yet to be realized here and I look forward to working with the community to achieve great things. My wife, Ruthanna, and I look forward to a long and prosperous career here in Kingman, as I have come to the conclusion this isn’t a job, it is a passion and there is nowhere else I would rather be than right here in this outstanding City.”