Conference Highlights

137 attendees, making it our most attended conference ever.
Great presentations: IPWMAN 101 and 202, Storm Chasing with WCIA Meterologist Kevin Lighty, Illinois Urban Forest Strike Team, Red Cross, Cybersafety at Home/School, Integrating PW and Emergency Management, Oversize/Overweight Permits and more! View presentations 
Inaugural Washers Tournament (destined to be repeated!) won by Kurt Gersch, Rolling Meadows and Jim Brown, Woody's Municipal Supply Co.
Wristband Testing with MABAS (a great learning experience to build on for the future)

A huge thank you to the conference committee of Mark Doerfler, Mark Runyon, Barb Stiehl and Sarah Harbaugh for all their hard work. Also, a special note of appreciation to our amazing sponsors and exhibitors. Stay tuned for 2022 with new tracts and collaboration with IDOT on the horizon.

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assistance from IPWMAN?
We want to make sure every member knows how to ask us for help in the event of a storm, tornado, flooding or infrastructure issue.

If you weren’t at our conference, please take the 2-minute activation survey now!
Well-deserved recognition!
Betty Harrison, one of the founding members of IPWMAN, retired from the Village of Lake Zurich at the end of October. During her career, she represented the Villages of Wauconda and Lake Zurich as their liaisons to IPWMAN. She also served on the regional board of directors and held the offices of vice president, president and past president. As a duty officer, she helped to coordinate IPWMAN responses for mutual aid and wrote the first copy of IPWMAN Policies and Procedures.

Other members recognized for their years of service were Barb Stiehl, City of Urbana, who was IPWMAN’s first secretary/treasurer. She also served as vice president and as the liaison with the State SEOC and ITTF. Members of the regional board of directors Kent Cox, City of Macomb, and Sean Henry, City of Carbondale, have both accepted new positions in the private sector. Past president Don Wenzel was also honored.
IPWMAN members who attended IPSI Fall Session
Apply for Spring scholarship!

IPWMAN is once again offering a scholarship for the April 24-29 Spring session of IPSI, a rolling three-year training program designed for public works professionals. The deadline to apply is February 4, 2022.
Meet your 2022 Executive Board and Regional Directors
Elias Koutas, President
Mark Runyon, Vice President
Mark Doerfler, Secretary
Aaron Howe, Treasurer   
Ed Markison, Past President
Village of Palatine
Village of Oswego
Wauponsee Township Road and Bridge District
Village of Hoffman Estates
McHenry County Division of Transportation
Region 2: Tim Isley and Sam Tesreau, City of Rochelle
Region 3: Vince Kilcullen, Village of Algonquin and Gary Holm, City of Batavia
Region 4: Kelly Kerr, Village of Hoffman Estates and Joe Cronin, City of Lockport
Region 6: Clifford Frye, Christian County Highway Dept.
Region 7: Dave Clark, City of Champaign and Roger Cruse, Newcomb Township
Region 8: Dan Bowman, City of O’Fallon and Robert Hancock, City of Troy
Region 9: Toby Rinehart, City of Flora and Jeremy Heuerman, City of Effingham
Thank you, IPWMAN!

“On behalf of the staff and crew at South Elgin Public Works, I would like to thank IPWMAN for their support in setting up the Public Works Honor Guard for the funeral procession for our crew member, Dave Martin. We received responses from 45 different agencies to come stand with us. Many of those responses to the call for trucks came to us after the news was shared through IPWMAN. Dave’s family was incredibly touched by the display of appreciation for him and his 32 years in Public Works. It was a powerful sight and we could not have done it without you – thanks again.”
Village of South Elgin
Fulton Township
Johnson County
Mississippi Township
Oli Township
Palestine Township
Village of Carpentersville
Village of Lisle
Village of Smithton
Yellowhead Township Road District
Shoutout to our duty officers who coordinate resources when members need help!
July: Scott Schweda (primary) Betty Harrison (secondary) Caleb Hanson (shadow)*
August: Elias Koutas (primary) Vince Kilcullen (secondary) Dan Ruggles (shadow)*
September: Joe Cronin (primary) Gary Holm (secondary) Rob Hancock (shadow)*
October: Gary Holm (primary) Scott Sweda (secondary) Dan Ruggles (shadow)*
November: Vince Kilcullen (primary) Elias Koutas (secondary) Chris Drey (shadow)*
December: Mark Runyon (primary) Joe Cronin (secondary) Caleb Hanson (shadow)*
*Newly recruited duty officers who have been added to the rotation for additional training
Spreading the word

Elias Koutas and Mark Doerfler hosted the IPWMAN booth on November 9 at the IAA annual conference.
Barb Stiehl represented IPWMAN at the Township Highway Commissioners of Illinois training conference on November 9. 
Three BIG reasons to update/verify your contact information with us.
Many of our member agencies experience changeovers in personnel. It’s extremely important that we have the most up-to-date information on file in the event you need assistance.


1) Our duty officers need accurate information to verify membership and coordinate response efforts quickly.
2) Having primary AND back-up contacts gives responding agencies a start on who can direct them to staging areas and work assignments. At times, the primary contact person may be called away to deal with personal losses or to get rest after working long hours. A back-up contact is needed to keep recovery efforts moving forward.
3). Correct contact information allows us to reach out to you regarding activations, training opportunities, active threats and other important information.

To verify your emergency contact information with us, email Sarah Harbaugh at
Share your talents and grow your skillset!
IPWMAN offers some great opportunities to network and learn from other public works professionals around the state. Get involved with membership, operations, training, marketing, finance and more!

To explore options, email or call 844-479-6269.
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