Sweet Home's Hefty leaving legacy at Linn County Parks


May 31, 2023

Courtesy of Linn County

John Hefty, a Sweet Home resident who's worked for Linn County Parks since 1996, has contributed a wide variety of skills to helping the department thrive.

By Alex Paul

Linn County Communications Officer

When John Hefty reports to work each morning at the Linn County Parks operations office in Waterloo, he never knows what's on tap for the day.

And that's how he likes it.

"My wife will ask me what's up for the day and I tell her I have no idea," Hefty said with a laugh. "It can be a little bit of everything and that keeps it very interesting."

Hefty, 58, has worked for the Parks Department since 1996, but admits retirement isn't far off.

Born in Wisconsin, but reared primarily in Alaska, Hefty gravitated to working with his hands at a young a...

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