Mayor (Village President)


The Mayor of Downs, officially the Village President, is the presiding and executive officer of the village. The mayor is elected to a 4-year term.

Mike James


  Mike James was elected as Mayor in April 2013. Prior to that, Mike served a single term as Village Trustee after being elected in 2009.

Mike graduated from Concord-Triopia High School.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree with a combined major in Business Administration and Computer Science from Illinois College. 

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w up in a small town southwest of Springfield called Arenzville. It was this small-town experience that has led him and his wife to live in Downs.  Mike is married to Julie, who was elected as Village Clerk in April 2013, and they have 3 children.

Mike works for the largest privately-held software company in the US, SAS, and owns and operates his own home organization company, MAJik Storage Solutions.