Mayor of the City of Lake Forest, IL


The Mayor shall be the chief executive officer of the city, and shall have such powers and perform such duties as may be required of him or her by statute or ordinance.  He or she shall have supervision over all of the officers and employees of the city, and shall have the power and authority to inspect all books and records pertaining to city affairs and kept by any officer or employee of the city, at any reasonable time.  Before entering upon the duties of his or her office, the Mayor shall take an oath of office, as is required by the City Charter, and shall file such bond, conditioned upon the faithful performance of his or her duties, as may be required by the Council.

Quick Facts:

  • Qualification : The Mayor shall be elected by the qualified voters of the city and shall hold his or her office for such term as provided by the City Charter.  She or she shall have the qualifications for office as required by the City Charter.
  • Term: The term shall be limited to three consecutive one-year terms and the Mayor is prohibited from seeking reelection to the office of Mayor for three years thereafter.
  • Time Commitment: The Mayor shall, before he or she enters upon the duties of his or her office, in addition to the usual oath, swear or affirm that he or she will devote so much of his or her time to the duties of his or her office, as an efficient and faithful discharge thereof may require.


  • When:  City Council meetings are generally held the first and third Monday evening of each month.  Special meetings may be held at any time, on call of the Mayor or any two or more alderman.
  • Location: Lake Forest City Hall or other locations as required.


  • The standing committees of the City Council shall be appointed by the Mayor, annually a the regular May meeting.
  • Preside over City Council meetings.  The Mayor is a member of City Council.
  • Perform other duties of Mayor as outlined in the City Charter.