Mayor Timothy D. Gover passed away earlier this morning due to lingering health issues.
Mayor Gover was born and raised in Mattoon and remained to raise his family while working for Eastern Illinois University, where he retired after 32 years of teaching. Throughout his years of residence, Mayor Gover had been a champion of promoting both the City of Mattoon and Coles County.
Mayor Gover was a member of many community organizations and boards over the years. Most recently he served as a Vice President of the Illinois Municipal League alongside other mayors and village presidents.
Mayor Gover was elected as a City Commissioner to the Mattoon City Council in April 2009 and became Acting Mayor in April 2010 after the resignation of Mayor David Cline. Mayor Gover was then elected to the office in April 2011 and re-elected in 2013 and 2017.
Finance Commissioner Preston Owen is the mayor pro tem until an acting mayor is appointed.