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 Kate Brickman, Executive Assistant to the Mayor at 384-2456 or

For information regarding liquor licensing, please contact Kate Brickman 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

On Friday, February 11th at 11 a.m. the City of Urbana held a reading of Abraham Lincoln's 1861 "Farewell Address" as part of a nationwide observance of the anniversary of the Civil War. The reading was part of an attempt to beat the existing Guinness World Record of 223, 363 participants for most simultaneous readings from the same document. At Urbana's event, Mayor Laurel Lunt Prussing led 54 participants in the reading. 
Post date: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 16:50
The City of Urbana is seeking applicants with an interest and expertise in bicycling and walking issues to serve a 3 year term on the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC).BPAC meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers at 400 S. Vine Street.
Post date: Monday, October 25, 2010 - 11:47
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 19, 2010 SISTER CITIES INTERNATIONAL AWARDS GRANT FOR AFRICAN SUSTAINABILITY PROJECT TO THE CITY OF URBANA Grant funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation URBANA—Sister Cities International has awarded a two-year, $115,000 grant to the city of Urbana, Illinois to perform projects that address sanitation, health, and water issues in urban areas of Africa. This project is funded by a $7.5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Post date: Monday, April 19, 2010 - 14:14
Dear Citizens of Urbana and Champaign County,There is a misleading public relations campaign against a much-needed road and bridge north of Urbana. Opponents have offered a number of arguments that do not stand up under close scrutiny.
Post date: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 15:43
Welcome to the City of Urbana’s new website. I’m excited to unveil the new site and believe that it accomplishes our three major goals for its redesign:
Post date: Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 14:27