Jay Wavering is being remembered as a conscientious government servant and for his love of politics.
Wavering, 67, died Saturday after he was pinned underneath a tree he was cutting with two friends in the 3300 block of Lightfoot Road.
Wavering ran Springfield Mayor J. Michael Houston’s 2003 and 2011 campaigns. Wavering went on to become city purchasing agent in 2011.
William McCarty II, director of the city’s office of budget and management, said that Wavering been brought back in 2018 as a “contract” employee when an assistant purchasing agent left.
Wavering had a nearly 30-year career in state government. He served in various roles such as assistant chief procurement officer and finance manager for the state Department of Central Management Services and bureau manager for the Bureau of Support Services.
There he oversaw 420 employees in four divisions, including the procurement services division.
“There’s no way we would have won (in 2011) without his help,” Houston recalled, when reached by phone Tuesday. “He volunteered with campaigns in 2003 and 2011. That’s how I got to know him.”
Houston recalled that Wavering wrote all of the commercials used for radio and television and came up with ads for print for the campaigns.
Wavering was also involved in campaigns for Rep. Raymond Poe, who served in the Illinois House of Representatives from 1995 to 2015 before he resigned…