Contact Ken Williams
The Mayor is the CEO of the city and under our commission form of government also the commissioner of the department of public affairs meaning he has general supervision and oversight over all the departments and officers in the city. The duties include:
- Commissioner of Police with supervision over the police department
- Signs all contracts
- Ensures all provision of the code are followed
- The city attorney reports to the Mayor
- Any other function not assigned to another commissioner is assigned to the Mayor
- Sets the agenda for the city council meetings and presides over meetings
- The Mayor, with the consent of the council, appoints members of the Planning and Economic and Community Development Commissions
Being the face of the city the Mayor needs to be very involved in community events and work with businesses to maintain and enhance the central and outlying business districts.
About Ken Williams: Prior to his election in the spring of 2015, Ken Williams had been City Council Vice President and Finance Commissioner for eight years. He is also a small business owner, operating the historic Pinehill Inn B&B for the past 10 years. The Pinehill is on the National Historic Register.
The mayor is also a proud member of oregon VFW 8739 – serving as the post Service Officer and on the Honor Guard for funerals and parades. He is also a member of the local Rotary club, Chamber of Commerce, and was a founding member of the Oregon Trail Days Festival. He has a degree in business and graduate degree in finance. Was an officer in the US Army Infantry, a part-time police officer in Warrenville, IL, and Deputy Chief of Lake County Sheriff reserve.
He was born in the small rural community of Lena, IL and has been married to his wife Chris for 45 years. They have three adult children and five grandchildren.
Commissioner of Public Property
Contact Jim Barnes
Jim is no newcomer to City Government. Jim served the City of Oregon for twenty-four years. 3 ½ years as commissioner and 20 ½ years as Mayor of Oregon (1975 – 1999). He was recently elected to the Oregon City Council in the spring of 2015.
Jim is a retired business owner, having operated a retail business in Oregon for over 30 years. He also worked part time for Ogle County Sheriff for 15 years and served 6 years on the Ogle County Board – including two years as Chairperson.
Duties of Public Property Commissioner: The City of Oregon Commissioner of Public Property is responsible for the Water and Sewer Department and all property owned by the City. Our water and wastewater is managed by City of Oregon staff. Dave Kent is the Water and Wastewater Manager. He is assisted by Jeff Pennington and Scott Wallace. For fast service and questions about day to day operations direct your calls to Dave Kent. (O: 815-732-7098; C: 815-499-7908). Questions about other city properties should be directed to the City Clerk at City Hall (815-732-6321)
Commissioner of Streets
Contact Tom Izer
The Commissioner of Streets oversees the City of Oregon Street Department which is responsible for the following:
- Public streets, alleys, and parking lots
- Public sidewalks, footbridges, buildings, and grounds
- Street lights and traffic signals
- Parks, public trees
- Maintenance and repair or public vehicles and equipment
- Installation and repairs of City owned signs and properties
- Snow removal and street sweeping
- Purchase of equipment and materials
Commissioner of Finance
Contact Terry Schuster
An Oregon resident of over 20 years. Proud of successful daughter and son who experienced our rich small town lifestyle which offered more than we ever imagined.
Has been active in church leadership, the Community Arts Legacy, Library Board, and Rotary. Passionate about the opportunities Oregon has for its future. It is indeed a great place to work, raise a family, and participate in community life.
The Department of Finance is assigned city accounting, including supervision over the clerk/treasurer. This department reviews and approves all warrants (bills) filed with the city. Responsible for overseeing methods of financing city projects; creating an annual budget reflecting city priorities; and sits as the City representative on the Economic and Community Development Committee.
Commissioner of Public Health and Safety
Contact Kurt Wilson
Duties of the public health and safety commissioner are:
- Issue all permits and licenses as required by City Code
- Inspect, regulate and control all places, businesses, trades and occupations required to be licensed by City Code
- Supervise and control all solid and landscaping wastes, recyclable materials and composting in the city.
- Is also a member of the City Planning Commission by City Code
The Department also is responsible for the supervision and control of
- all solid and landscape wastes,
- recyclable materials
- and composting in the city.