Office of the Mayor

Mayor of Urbana: Diane Marlin

Duties are defined by state law for Urbana's mayor-aldermanic form of government.

  • The mayor is the chief executive of the city.
  • The mayor appoints numerous officials and staff including the Police Chief, Fire Chief, Director of Public Works, and Director of Community Development as well as members of city boards and commissions, all with the approval of the city council.
  • Represents the City on intergovernmental boards (e.g., METCAD, Regional Planning Commission, Champaign-Urbana Area Transportation Study)
  • Chairs City Council Meetings
  • Serves as Liquor Commissioner
  • Works with City Council to plan and implement city goals, plans, standards and policies
  • Manages resources for achievement of City goals and objectives
  • Oversees hiring, the regular review of compensation, benefits and working conditions, and the discipline of all City personnel
  • Represents the City in various intergovernmental activities, in matters with the news media and at public relations meetings and events
  • Works with Finance Director to develop the annual budget proposal and administer the approved budget

To contact the Mayor, please contact Jolinda Ross, Administrative Assistant at 384-2456 or

For information regarding liquor licensing, please contact Jolinda Ross at 384-2456 or

To contact the Mayor's Chief of Staff, please contact Mike Monson at 384-2454 or

Urbana City Building
400 South Vine Street
61801 Urbana , IL
M-F 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
(217) 384-2456

Department Posts

The following joint letter from Urbana Mayor Diane Wolfe Marlin and Champaign Mayor Deborah Feinen was sent today (June 21) to local legislators. PUBLIC WORKS – MCORE (Transfer and Pass Through Funding)
Post date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 15:22
Preliminary work on a new 18-unit three-story apartment building in West Urbana will begin within a few weeks, with the planned demolition of four existing buildings.
Post date: Friday, June 9, 2017 - 14:24
All City administrative offices are closed to observe the holiday.  
Post date: Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 11:03
The Urbana Free Library will gain a landscaped south entryway as a result of purchase of a vacant lot at Race and Green streets in downtown Urbana. A purchase agreement for $115,000 was signed in May by representatives of Persistence of Illinois, the owners, and the Urbana Free Library Foundation, one of the Library’s charitable fund-raising arms. Closing is set for June 30. The deed will go directly to the Library.
Post date: Monday, June 5, 2017 - 09:58
The City of Urbana is continuing to accept applications for Entry-Level Firefighter through Sunday, June 11, 2017.  The City offers employees a comprehensive benefits package, competitive pay and a career ladder with multiple opportunities to reward motivation and achievement. Qualifications include:
Post date: Friday, June 2, 2017 - 10:40