Olney Mayor Mark Lambird is currently serving in his second, non-consecutive term, which began in 2017. He had previously served from 2009-2013.
Lambird is a Richland County native and 1998 graduate of the former East Richland High School, where he was active in the FFA organization. He would later attend both Olney Central College and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he would receive a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Agriculture.
While in Carbondale he was a reporter at the Daily Egyptian, covering the City of Carbondale, University Affairs and later went on to be Managing Editor and to work on the copy desk. Later he would work at the Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale and become publisher at the Clay County Advocate-Press.
He currently works for Nutrien Ag Solutions as a crop consultant.
Lambird is a member of the St. Joseph School Board of Education, Olney FFA Alumni and an active member of the Olney Elks Lodge 926.
During his first term as Mayor Olney established the Illinois Route 130 TIF District, which led to the redevelopment of the Richland County Mall and worked to develop Musgrove Park’s sports complex. He also serves as the co-chair for the U.S. Route 50 Four-Lane Coalition that stretches from Lawrence County in the east to the Mississippi River in the West.
He is married to Caitlin and has three children, Aubrey, Asher and Andrew.