Washington Mayor Gary Manier was named one of 36 vice presidents for the Illinois Municipal League during the league’s annual conference Oct. 19 in Chicago.

SPRINGFIELD — Washington Mayor Gary Manier was named one of 36 vice presidents for the Illinois Municipal League during the league’s annual conference Oct. 19 in Chicago. More than 1,500 mayors, council members, and local officials attended the 100th annual conference recognizing IML’s “Century of Service to Illinois Municipalities.” The IML conference is the gathering place for education, in-depth working sessions, and learning about new laws and responsibilities for municipalities and municipal officials. It is also where new officers are elected to lead the IML’s 1,124 municipal-membership. Manier was elected to take a leadership role within the statewide organization. This is an active board that carries out the mission of the IML. “Being a strong voice for my community on the statewide premiere municipal organization is truly a blessing for me and the citizens who elected me,” Manier said. Manier was elected as Washington’s Mayor in 2001 and is currently serving his fourth term. Prior to serving as mayor, Manier served on the Washington Community High School Board of Education for eight years. Manier and his wife, Lada, have two children and three grandchildren. The Illinois Municipal League is Illinois’ statewide lobby and education organization whose special interest is the people, so municipalities can have a resource and voice in Springfield.