December 21, 2021
STREATOR MAYOR JIMMIE LANSFORD RESIGNS FROM OFFICE, EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 31
Mayor Jimmie Lansford announced today he is resigning from office, effective at noon December 31, citing health and personal reasons. Under state law, the Streator City Council will need to appoint a replacement mayor to fill the vacancy until the next municipal election in 2023.
Mayor Lansford has served Streator residents in an elected city office for 16 years. He was elected to city council in 2005. In 2010, the council appointed him to be mayor to fill the vacancy left by the death of Mayor Ray Schmitt. Mayor Lansford was first elected mayor in 2011 to a four-year term and was re-elected in 2015 and 2019.
Prior to elected city office, Mayor Lansford served the Streator community for over 40 years in health care administration and banking. He moved to Streator after his service in the US Marine Corps and Army in Vietnam in the early 1960s. His first job in Streator was as a lab technician at St. Mary’s Hospital. After earning an associate degree from Illinois Valley Community College, a bachelor’s degree from the University of St. Francis in Joliet and a master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, he worked through the ranks at St. Mary’s Hospital over 34 years to the position of Chief Executive Officer and Administrator. He held this position at the hospital for eight years.
After retiring from health care, Mayor Lansford was appointed Chief Executive Director and Board Member for Union Bank in Streator, a position he held for five years.
In addition, Mayor Lansford has coached youth softball, football and soccer teams. He has been active in Streator’s veteran groups and civic organizations. He has also served on the boards of Illinois Valley Community College, St. Elizabeth Medical Center and the Greater Livingston County Economic Development Council.