By Jordan Rogers | Peoria Times
Henry Darwin is back to doing what he loves.
After taking a hiatus from public service to practice law at Phoenix-based firm Gallagher & Kennedy, Darwin has returned to his calling as the city of Peoria’s new city manager.
“I am wanting to see if I would enjoy the practice of law,” Darwin said. “And what I found was that I certainly could do it, and I was successful. But I really did miss public service. I realized that’s what my passion is, and that’s what I plan on doing for the rest of my career.”
Darwin has over 25 years of public service under his belt. He served as the chief operating officer (COO) for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
As EPA COO, he single-handedly designed and led deployment of the first agencywide lean management system in the U.S. federal government, known as the EPA Lean Management System.
Darwin’s favorite thing about working in public service falls in line with his plan for his tenure with the city of Peoria — to “help leaders execute their vision.”