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


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 City of Urbana has prevailed against a landlord in a court case involving serious property maintenance code violations at three apartment buildings in southeast Urbana. The court assessed fines in the amount of $473,700.Champaign County Associate Judge John Kennedy ruled Wednesday (May 18) that Platinum Group Properties LLC -- owned by Paul Zerrouki and his wife, Nicolette Negrau -- must pay the fines within the next 12 months plus court costs.
Post date: Friday, May 20, 2016 - 16:55
Longtime City Arborist Michael Brunk has been appointed to a two-year term on the Illinois Forestry Development Council. Brunk was appointed by Gov. Bruce Rauner to the 29-member forestry council in January. He will be one of two members representing the interests of urban forestry.
Post date: Monday, May 16, 2016 - 13:39
Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing signed a three-year contract last week with Homefield Energy to supply electricity to homes and small businesses through the city’s Municipal Electric Aggregation program.
Post date: Monday, February 29, 2016 - 15:03
Walk with the Mayors is back and better than ever!Join us for a free, 3-mile walk through Urbana and Champaign neighborhoods on Saturday, April 2, 2016 beginning at 9 a.m. starting in Douglass Park.
Post date: Friday, February 19, 2016 - 15:53
Post date: Friday, February 12, 2016 - 12:14