Office of the Mayor

On May 1, 2017, Diane Wolfe Marlin became the City of Urbana's 50th Mayor. She has dedicated herself to moving the City of Urbana forward so it becomes a center of inclusion, opportunity, and innovation. More about Mayor Marlin's community, environmental and professional background can be found here in Mayor Marlin's bio.

Foundation for Our Future

Over the past five years, under her leadership, the City of Urbana has:

  • Eliminated a $2.5 million structural budget deficit

  • Rebuilt city financial reserves

  • Restored pension funding

  • Repaid outstanding loans for METCAD 9-1-1 service

  • Hired a professional City Administrator after an 11-year vacancy

  • Completed Storm Water Master Plan Update

  • Completed City Facilities Assessment and Master Plan

  • Completed citywide Pavement Condition Assessment

  • Launched re-write of the Comprehensive Plan

  • Completed “What’s in Your Square” visioning for Lincoln Square site

  • Completed Feasibility Study for Kickapoo Rail Trail Extension through downtown

  • Implemented new Financial Services System (MUNIS)

  • Installed new telephone and communication system in city facilities

  • Rewrote City Alcoholic Liquor Code (Chapter 3)


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. Residents interested in serving on a board or commission should use this application form.
  • Represents the City on intergovernmental boards (e.g., METCAD, Regional Planning Commission, Champaign-Urbana Area Transportation Study)
  • Chairs City Council Meetings
  • Serves as Local Liquor Control Commissioner
  • Works with City Council to plan and implement city goals, plans, standards, and policies
  • Manages resources for the 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 email or call 217-384-2456.

Additional Information on Liquor Licensing in Urbana

Fillable Board and Commission Application

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

Department Posts

CLOSED The City is seeking proposals for Meeting and Agenda Management Software. Due Date: Response are due on Friday, May 7th, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Submission: Responses should be submitted via email (PDF) to William Kolschowsky at
Post date: Friday, April 23, 2021 - 16:12
Requesting Department: Executive Department, City of Urbana Contact Person: Sanford Hess, IT Director Address: 400 S. Vine St. | Urbana, IL 61801 Telephone No.: (217) 384-2354 E-Mail Address:
Post date: Friday, December 4, 2020 - 14:40
CLOSED The City of Urbana relies on an IBM Power7 720 server for critical systems. The City is actively replacing those systems running on the Power7, but will not complete that process before the expected end-of-life for our model (server 8202, model E4B). The City’s current IBM ServiceElite Entitlement Verification expires September 30, 2020.
Post date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 08:21
Requesting Department: Urbana Executive Department/IT DivisionContact Person: Sanford HessAddress: 400 S. Vine St. Urbana, IL 61801Telephone Number: (217) 384-2354E-Mail Address: This RFQ was withdrawn, and will be re-posted in late June.
Post date: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 - 08:19
CLOSED Requesting Department: Executive DepartmentContact Person: Sanford Hess, City of Urbana, IT DirectorAddress: 400 South Vine Street, Urbana, IL 61801Telephone No.: (217) 384-2354E-Mail Address: Bid Submission Deadline: March 31, 2020 Time: 5:00 P.M. Central Time The City of Urbana seeks a software program for employee worktime processes.
Post date: Monday, February 17, 2020 - 09:38