Derik Morefield

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Derik Morefield graduated from of McHenry County College with an Associate in Arts Degree in 1989. He graduated from ISU in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History and Type 09 Education Certificate.

From 1992 through 1998, Derik worked as a job developer and then a program coordinator for the McHenry County and DuPage County Job Training Partnership Act programs. During this time, while working full time and raising a family, Derik enrolled in the Public Administration graduate program at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois. After six years of classes, and many commutes between school, his home in Woodstock and a job in Lombard, he received his Master of Public Administration Degree in 1998.

From 1998 through 2012 Derik served as Director of Business Development and then Deputy City Manager in Woodstock. Since 2012 Derik has served as Chief Administrative Officer for the City of McHenry, where he’s accountable for the day-to-day oversight of municipal operations for a community of nearly 27,000 residents. 

Throughout his professional career, Derik has been very involved in the community through volunteerism to support many worthwhile organizations in McHenry County.  This list includes: District 200 Education Foundation); Rotary Club of Woodstock; Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Industry; McHenry County Workforce Investment Board; McHenry County Convention and Visitors Bureau Board; McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce; and the Youth Service Bureau of McHenry County and Pioneer Center for Human Services. 

Some of Derik’s personal and professional accomplishments for which he has been recognized include: "Top 10 Under 40" Award from McHenry County Business Journal (2006) as nominated by his peers; recognition as a "Paul Harris Fellow" by Rotary International; and recognition as a Certified Manager by the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA).

Derik is proudest of the accomplishments of his children—John, a talented musician and composer, and a sophomore in the Associate of Fine Arts/Music Option program at MCC; and Kelsi, a sophomore at Woodstock High School who was recently selected as a Rotary Exchange Student to Austria.