John was Village Administrator for Woodridge Illinois from 1989-2009. He served in Park Forest, Illinois where he was Village Manager from 1983-1989. John began his career as Assistant to the Manager in Park Forest and was promoted to Assistant Manager, Deputy Manager, and Acting Manager. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and an MPA degree from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University.
Perry is known for mentoring local government professionals, which now serve in leadership positions in more than a dozen communities.
John has served in a number of leadership positions in municipal organizations. Perry served as President of the Illinois City/County Management Association. He is a founding member of the Illinois Public Employer Labor Relations Association and also a founding member of the Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency which he also served as its Chair. He chaired the Managers Committee of the Illinois Municipal League. Perry chaired the Planning Committee of the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference and served on its Board of Directors. John served on the DuPage County Emergency Telephone System Board and chaired the Interoperable Radio Steering Committee. Perry was a founder of the Suburban Housing Coalition, now Diversity, Inc., and chaired the predecessor agency, the Fair Housing Legal Action Committee.
During his service in Woodridge, the community was named “100 Best Places To Live” by Money Magazine and the “World's Greatest Community-Midwest by the World's Greatest TV Show. Park Forest was named an All-America City and a special mention recipient during his service in Park Forest.
The Illinois City/County Management Association bestowed upon Perry its highest honor, the Robert Morris Lifetime Achievement Award. John twice received the Intergovernmental Cooperation Award of the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference. Perry received the Woodridge “Building on our Dream Award.” for outstanding contributions to community building.
He is an ICMA Life member and a Credentialed Manager.