Village of Milan - Government

Milan operates under the Mayor-Council form of government. It consists of a Mayor (also know as the "Village Board President") and six council members ("Village Trustees") and an elected Village Clerk. The Mayor appoints, and Village Board of Trustees approve, an administrator to oversee the day-to-day operation of government services and programs. Milan is a non-home rule community, as are most Illinois cities and villages with populations under 25,000.

Village Government Structure

The village manager form of government, also known as the council-manager form, combines the leadership of elected officials with the experience of a professional manager who acts as the administrative and executive head of the government. The elected officials set Village policy, determine the tax rate and approve the annual budget. The administrator serves in the capacity set out by the State of Illinois statute as the Village Council’s chief adviser, carrying out its policies, recruiting and hiring the government staff and preparing the annual budget for the Council’s approval. As such the Village Council retains power vested in it by the voters, and employs the administrator as its full-time executive who carries out the Council’s decisions.

Mayor and Village Council

The Village Council is comprised of seven members.  A Mayor and six Council Members who are elected at large. The length of each term is four years. With overlapping elections terms, only one half of the Village Council is elected every two years. This ensures some carryover in experience and background on the Council at all times. The Village Mayor is elected at-large and separately from the Trustees. The Village Mayor, by statute and ordinance, has additional duties such as holding the position of Liquor Control Commissioner, and serving as official signatory for certain Village expenditures.

Village Clerk

The Village Clerk also is elected in the general election to a four-year term. The Clerk serves as the recording secretary for the Village Council and as the local election officer for all municipal elections. The Clerk is responsible for the filing, safekeeping and storage of official documents and support records, including ordinances, resolutions, minutes, licenses, agreements and contracts.