Mark Latham was born and raised in Streator, Illinois. Mark was encouraged by his wife to apply for the position of City Manager in 2005 since she was born in Highland and had fond memories of her childhood in this great community. Mark was hired as City Manager May 2005.
Mark has served in Municipal government for over 37 years. Mark has 21 years of City Manager experience in Illinois and Arkansas and 16 years as a Department Director in Arkansas. During his tenure, he has worked to prepare and implement a strategic plan featuring accountability measures and a balanced scorecard to be shared with the public, promoting the vision of an efficient, effective, and superior government through continual process improvements and reductions in operating expenses.
Mark graduated from John Brown University with a BSE and acquired a Master Degree in Leadership and Ethics from John Brown University.
Mark and his family are enjoying the community and are becoming Cardinal fans.