The John Bevis file

December 2, 2018 GMT

Profession: Administrator, Kankakee County Health Department

Personal: 55. Grew up in Brazil, Ind. Parents are Jerrold Bevis and Linda Badger. Married to Cheryl, who teaches at the Maternity BVM campus of Bishop McNamara School. They have two daughters.

Education: Brazil High School, which now is consolidated into another school. Wrestled and ran cross country and track in high school. Indiana State University graduate. He was an undeclared major in college when he met some interns who had served with a health department. That sounded interesting, he thought, and would be a way to help the community.


Profession: Hearing there was an opening in the Kankakee County Health Department, he applied for the job, interviewing with Clayton Pape. When he returned home, there was a message on his machine, telling him he was hired. He has stayed with the Kankakee County Health Department for 31 years, working his way up. He is the fourth person to be the director and has been the director for the past two years.

Bevis has a long list of continuing professional education and affiliations: Licensed Environmental Health Practitioner; Retail Food Sanitation Officer; Graduate of Illinois Public Health Leadership Institute; Solid Waste Enforcement Certification; Lead Inspector and Lead Risk Assessor; Past Chair of the Illinois Public Health Association; member of Illinois Environmental Health Association; Illinois Association of Public Health Administrators; and part of the Northern Illinois Public Health Consortium.

Community: Aunt Martha’s Advisory Board; Pledge for Life; Arthritis Foundation; Maternity BVM Church; Knights of Columbus Council 7072, was Grand Knight from 1995 to 1997; Maternity Youth Group chaperone for trips; choir member and Eucharistic minister at Maternity; junior high cross country coach at Bishop McNamara; Directs the Living Last Supper at his church, also plays John.

Leisure time: Gardens. Shoots golf in the 90s. Reads mysteries, Stephen King and books on leadership.