The City of McLeansboro has an aldermanic form of government. The legislative body, or City Council, consists of two aldermen from each of the three City Wards elected for a four-year term. Their terms are staggered so that half are elected every two years. There are six aldermen. The mayor is the chief executive officer of the municipality. The mayor, city clerk, and city treasurer are elected at large to a four-year term. Other offices and vacancies are filled by appointment by the mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council.
Working Hours, unless otherwise posted:
Monday – Friday: 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
City Hall is closed for the following holidays: January 1, February 18, April 19, May 27, July 4, September 2, October 14, November 11, 28-29, December 24-25.
Meet City Hall
Dick Deitz, Mayor
Dick, serving as Mayor of McLeansboro since 1993, has been responsible for the completion of a multi-million dollar water project, providing safe drinking water and extra fire protection within our city; overseeing the upgrade of the city’s electric supply; distributing of motor fuel taxes for the upkeep of our city’s streets and serving in a variety of mayoral functions. Dick is also the City Liquor Commissioner. You may call in advance to make an appointment with him, as he is in and out of the office.
Fred Vallowe, City Clerk
Fred, who first became City Clerk in 2014, also serves as the appointed City Collector. The Office of the City Clerk is the local official who administers democratic processes such as elections, access to city records, and all legislative actions ensuring transparency to the public. The City Clerk acts as a compliance officer for federal, state, and local statues including the Political Reform Act, the Brown Act, and the Public Records Act, as well as manages public inquiries and ceremonial and official functions. Fred also manages payroll, and is the authorized agent for the City of McLeansboro’s Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. As Collector, Fred oversees the City’s public utilities’ payments.
Sandra Barker, Accounts Receiving Clerk and Bookkeeper
Sandra is responsible for paying municipal utility taxes, monitoring lease agreements, and managing general billing.
Cindy Inboden, Deputy Clerk
Cindy is responsible for directing human resources, accounts payable, and assisting with the collecting of payments from utility billings.
Pat Stevens, Zoning Administrator
Hours: Tues-Wed 8:00-1:00
Pat is responsible for enforcing the city zoning code as defined by Chapter 40 of the City Code.
Zoning and Demolition permits can be found on the resources page.
Appointed by Mayor and approved by the Council in October 2019, Ruth is completing the term of retiree Sharon Ingram. Ruth keeps the books and accounts showing all monies received and disbursed for the City. Monthly reports are presented to the Council.
Tom Malkovich, City Attorney
Tom has served as the City Attorney since 2013, and has practiced law for more than 22 years. Tom graduated from the University of Illinois in 1991 and Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1994. In order to keep up with municipal issues, Tom regularly attends Illinois Municipal League and Illinois Tax Increment Financing Association seminars.
David Garavalia, City Attorney
Dave has served at City Attorney since 2013, and has practiced law for more than 30 years. Dave graduated from the University of Illinois and the Southern Illinois University School of Law. He has served for many years as Benton Township Supervisor, and possesses a strong background in municipal governance.
The City of McLeansboro is an equal opportunity employer.
Freedom Of Information Act
Procedure For Requests And Fee Structure
The following information is being provided to Section 4(b) of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act, 5 ILCS 140/4 (b). All requests to inspect, copy, or certify public records of the City of McLeansboro must be submitted to the City in writing. The City encourages requesters to submit their requests on a form available at the City Office. The City will review all written requests in any form. The City will review and respond to each written request in a manner consistent with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
City of McLeansboro FOIA Officer: Frederic Vallowe, City Clerk
McLeansboro Police Department FOIA Officer: John N. Taylor, Chief of Police
Requests shall be submitted to:
Freedom of Information Officer
City of McLeansboro
102 West Main Street
McLeansboro, Illinois 62859
Phone: (618) 643-2723
Fax: (618) 643-3035
E-mail: Frederic Vallowe email@example.com | or, firstname.lastname@example.org
Utility bills are due the 10th of each month, and customers are expected to pay their bill in full. Five business days are allowed before services are terminated. There is a $25.00 reconnect fee for customers who had services interrupted due to non-payment of utility bills, as well as possible other charges.
There is a $5.00 service charge for not having your bill included with your payment.
Meter reset fees are currently $75.00 per meter, if you have had the meters removed/cancelled at your property.
Utility deposits are required for renters, and contract-for-deed customers. An Electric deposit is $200.00, a gas deposit is $200.00, and a water deposit is $100.00. Deposits are not interest bearing, and will be repaid when services are no longer needed and all utilities have been paid in full. Contract-for-deed customers can redeem their deposits when proof of purchase is completed/presented.
Necessary forms can be found on the Resources page.