Board Members

By Jennifer Gomori, MAPE Editor

Jeff Heston has served his local union almost since the beginning his employment with the City of Jackson, so the transition to becoming MAPE Executive Board President in October 2018 seemed fitting.

Heston, 52, began working at the City of Jackson in October 1994. In 1995, Heston stepped up and became a Local Union Steward after a former Water Department Steward transferred to another department. “I like to be involved. I said, “I’ll do it,’” Heston said. “I’ve been involved with the Union for quite a while.”

Heston is now President of the local MAPE Jackson Public Employees Union. He took on both Union President positions after former MAPE Local and Executive Board President Rusty Holdridge announced his pending retirement in 2017. Holdridge officially retired from the City of Jackson in February 2019.

“When (Holdridge) stepped down, the Union approached me,” said Heston, Maintenance Supervisor of the Clean Water Plant. “I like the organization and I like helping out.”

Heston served as Local MAPE Union Vice President for five years prior to that and grew up in a Union home. His dad worked for Ford Motor Company for 40 years. “My family have been involved with the big three,” Heston said. “Growing up in Detroit, everyone knows about the unions.”

Heston, who served in the Navy from 1985 to 1991 as a Machinist Mate, has been a Union Employee for over two decades. One of his main goals as MAPE Executive Board President is to expand membership. “Through our good representation and good word of mouth from other locals, I’m hoping we can bring some people in that aren’t unionized now or bring others (from competing unions) over to our union,” he said.

The Michigan Association of Public Employees Executive Board Members

Executive Officers


Jeff Heston
City of Jackson
161 West Michigan Avenue, Jackson MI 49201

Vice President:

Maureen Underhill
City of Novi
45175 West 10 Mile Rd, Novi MI 48375


Pam Porman
35th District Court/Plymouth
660 Plymouth Rd, Plymouth MI 48170


Jill Keith
City of Dearborn (Dearborn Municipal Workers)
16901 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn MI 48126

Executive Director:

Fred Timpner
Michigan Association of Public Employees
667 E. Big Beaver Rd., Suite 109, Troy, MI 48083

Executive Administrator:

Julie Palmquist
Michigan Association of Public Employees
667 E. Big Beaver Rd., Suite 109, Troy, MI 48083

Photo by Jennifer Gomori, MAPE Editor                                                           Recently elected MAPE Executive Board Officers (from left) Vice President Maureen Underhill, Secretary Pam Porman, President Jeff Heston and Treasurer Jill Keith at the Annual Holiday Open House at Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Novi in December 2019.