Sherwood Edwards, City of Aurora, IL

Posted on May 15, 2014

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Background Check

Connect: LinkedIn

23ff491Sherwood is a dual threat – he is an intern in the City of Aurora’s finance department and a student at Northern Illinois University’s Master of Public Administration program. Prior to these positions, Sherwood worked eight years for various non-profits including Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. His undergraduate degree is from Northern Illinois University.

Sherwood is a member of International City/County Manager’s Association and Illinois Government Finance Officer’s Association.

Q & A with Sherwood

In this wide-ranging interview, Sherwood shares his proudest accomplishments, driving techniques, and an articulate vision for ELGL – giving aspirants and seasoned veterans the room to enhance their capacity

(Complete these phrases) Best thing about the….images

80’s was……. Being born!

90’s was…… Power Rangers

00’s was….. Technology boom

Last year was….. Expanse of public administration best-practices

Today is….Being alive

Tell us about three accomplishments that you are most proud of.

(Complete this sentence) I feel old when I……..feel my knees giving out

Tell us about two mistakes that you’ve made that we can learn from.

  • Do not use conversational language in an e-mail
  • Do not drive with your knees

Give us three of your favorite YouTube videos.

  • Any kind of sports blooper video
  • Jackson 5-Blame it on the Boogie
  • ICMA Life-Well Run videos

Our annual conference will be held in October 2014. Name three topics or speakers that should be included on the conference agenda.

  • Minority public administrators;
  • Going Green; and
  • Public-Nonprofit-Partnerships

Parent(s) can be influential in career choices of their kids. What was the career path of your parent(s)?download

  • Mother: Imports/Exports
  • Father: Car repairman, College Professor

Name three of your mentors and describe them in five words.

  • LaDonna Carr- Very intuitive and helpful
  • David Allen- Very direct and informative
  • Clayton Muhammad- Very  comical

waynes-world-headbang-oYour hometown…..what is it best known for?

City of Aurora-Wayne’s World and crime (the latter is now a relic of history)

How can ELGL best contribute to the public sector?

By giving aspirants and seasoned veterans the room to enhance their capacity

Give us two items that are broken in local government.

  • Efficiency
  • Public trust

Fast forward one year, what will factor into your decision on whether to renew your ELGL membership?

N/A- I will renew

Give us two ideas for attracting and retaining talented individuals to the public sector.

  • Keep pay the way it is
  • Pluck administrators and aspirants in the nonprofit sector

What questions should we have asked?images

Too many to put in here

What question(s) do you have about ELGL?

Too many to put in here…however…

How do you plan on enhancing the notoriety of ELGL?

Supplemental Reading

‘Power Rangers’ get a new movie, and more news to note

On Campus with Northern Illinois University MPA Program

Aurora mayor to shave head to help sick teenagers

Aurora, Beyond Wayne’s World | Aurora Downtown

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