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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 2013 and reelected in 2017. Mayor James was appointed in 2021 with the current term to expire in 2025. Prior to that, Mike served a 4-yr 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. 

Mike gre
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.