June 23, 1958 to Sept. 9, 2012

FREEHOLD, NJ - It is with profound sadness that Monmouth County announces the untimely passing of William K. “Bill” Heine, the county Director of Public Information.

Bill’s untimely passing was the result of natural causes.

Bill had been employed with Monmouth County as the chief spokesman and department head of the Monmouth County Public Information and Tourism Departments since 2005.

Bill also championed many charitable endeavors to include many food drives for the Monmouth and Ocean Food Bank and the Howell Little League.

Bill was recently honored for winning a nationwide photography contest sponsored by the National Association of County Information Officers for his photograph taken during a 10th anniversary memorial service for 9-11. He was the recipient of many other state and national awards for his work in the county’s public information program.

Prior to his employment with Monmouth County, Bill served as the spokesman for the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance and State of New Jersey Public Defenders Office. He was also a reporter and editor for the Asbury Park Press from 1980 to 1997.

Bill was a consummate professional and touched many people on both a personal and professional level. Bill’s keen wit, intellect and attention to detail will be sadly missed by everyone who came into contact with Bill. He worked on many projects to recently include formulating a communications strategy for all of county government operations. Bill worked very closely with the five freeholders and the county administrator.

Funeral arrangements have not been confirmed at this time. Information will be posted to the county website when they become available.