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John Evan Dever, American city official, consultant. Recipient Distinguished Alumni award Lawrence University, 1967, Finance Management Improvement award General Accounting Office, 1975.


Dever, John Evan was born on May 27, 1923 in Highland Park, Illinois, United States. Son of Evan John and Esther (Swanson) Dever.


Bachelor, Lawrence University, 1947. Master of Science in Public Administration, Syracuse University, 1950.


Director research American Public Works Association, Chicago, 1948-1949. Staff associate State of Connecticut, Storrs, 1949-1951. Assistant city manager Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 1951-1952.

City manager Two Rivers, 1952-1959, Decatur, Illinois, 1959-1967, Sunnyvale, California, 1967-1976, Long Beach, since 1976.


Board directors Boy Scouts American council, Decatur, Sunnyvale, 1959-1977. Board councilors School Public Administration, University Southern California, Los Angeles, 1981-1985. Member advisory board directors School Public Administration, California State University-Long Beach, 1979-1985.

Served with United States Marine Corps, 1942-1946, PTO. Member International City Management Association (president since 1985, vice chairman retirement corporation since 1975, vice president 1981-1983, Management Innovations award 1972, 75, 78), American Society Public Administration (board directors 1955-1957), National Academy Public Administration (National Public Service award 1985), American Public Works Association, Governmental Finance Officers Association Lodges: Rotary, Elks.


Married Jean Woodford Pond, July 6, 1946. Children– Linda W. Dever Omdahl, Susan H., Todd S.

Evan John Dever

Esther (Swanson) Dever

Jean Woodford Pond

Linda W. Dever Omdahl Dever

Susan H. Dever

Todd S. Dever