Kirstin Hinds started with the City of Freeport as the Assistant to the City Manager in June 2019 to assist with the City’s flood mitigation efforts and to lead the Freeport 2020 Census campaign, and moved into the Director of Community and Economic Development position by June 2020.
Kirstin attended the University of Iowa for undergrad, receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and an Event Management Certificate. During her time in Iowa City, Iowa, she worked for a local non-profit organization that held public events focused on arts and culture, similar to those hosted by the Greater Freeport Partnership. She later received her Master of Public Administration (MPA) program at Northern Illinois University, with an emphasis on Local Government Management. While completing her MPA, she worked for the City of Wood Dale’s Community Development Department, building and maintaining relationships with incoming and existing businesses.
Originally hired through the International City/County Management Association’s (ICMA) Local Government Management Fellowship Program, a career-development opportunity designed to attract recent Master of Public Administration (or related programs) graduates to be placed in full-time management-track local government positions. Freeport is one of about 30 Cities to host a fellow through ICMA’s program.
Kirstin is professionally affiliated with a number of local government associations, including the International and Illinois City/County Management Associations, Illinois Association of Municipal Management Assistants, Legacy Project (Women in Government), and Engaging Local Government Leaders. Always working on her leadership skills, Kirstin is attending Highland Community College’s admired Leadership Institute program as well as a local government Emerging Leaders Development Program.