MEET DAN HERKERT
Experienced leadership for City Clerk.
Dan Herkert learned the value of hard work at a young age, going to work at his father’s small sawmill the summer he turned eight years old. He worked at that sawmill through college, ultimately managing the business and running its day to day operations.
Following graduation from the University of Illinois at Springfield with a bachelor’s degree in Political Studies focused on state and local government, Dan worked throughout Illinois and in other states for various candidates and causes. That experience allowed him to work with different cultures, people, and viewpoints to build consensus and solve problems.
After those travels, Dan returned to Madison County and began working as a communications consultant where he has served in multiple roles for private sector companies, political candidates, and government officials.
In 2013, Dan joined the Alton Mayor's staff where he served for nearly two and a half years as Chief of Staff and City Council Coordinator. During that time, Dan used his extensive knowledge of government to gain valuable experience in the interworking of Alton’s city government. He also served as a Deputy Freedom of Information Act and Deputy Open Meetings Act Officer while being the city staff person assigned to work directly with the Alton Amphitheater Commission.
After working in city government, Dan returned to the private sector and focused his consulting work on marketing, communications, and government relations for various clients, which he continues today.
Dan’s work has provided him valuable experience in management, communications, and budgeting. He has managed up to 30 staff and volunteers at one time, acted as a public spokesperson for various clients, developed and managed budgets ranging from $250,000 to $1,000,000, and has extensive experience with Illinois Open Records Laws and the Illinois Open Meetings Act.
Since 2017, Dan has served as a member of the Alton Amphitheater Commission, acting as its Treasurer. In that time, he has collaborated with other Commissioners and the City of Alton to increase entertainment on Alton’s riverfront while contributing to the production of events such as the Alton Food Truck Festival, Alton Expo, and concerts including The Steve Miller Band, Nelly, and The Beach Boys.
Born with a clubfoot that was repaired by Shriner’s Hospital in St. Louis before he was one year old, Dan learned how to overcome adversity early in life and has since remained an advocate for those facing physical challenges. He is the son of Paul T. “Snow” Herkert, a small business owner and the retired President of Alton Painter’s Local #471, and Kathy Herkert, a homemaker who has battled MS for nearly 40 years.
In his free time, Dan enjoys St. Louis Cardinals baseball, St. Louis Blues hockey, reading, and playing golf. He is a member of VFW Auxiliary Post 1308, Knights of Columbus Council #4417, and is a former member of the Sons of the American Legion.
Dan's Priorities If Elected City Clerk
Increasing government transparency
Technology upgrades to make city government more accessible to residents
Civic engagement to better connect residents with their government
Continuing the office's tradition of professional, dedicated public service