Streator councilman resigns; joins city staff

City Council seeks candidates to fill position

After four years on the Streator City Council, Joe Scarbeary resigned Wednesday night to accept a job as the city’s full-time building inspector.

The City Council will be accepting applications for the vacant position immediately. Streator residents who wish to be considered for appointment by the council should submit a letter and resume to the city clerk at City Hall, 204 S. Bloomington St., before 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, to be considered.

Scarbeary was re-elected in April to a four-year term, garnering the most votes of the four candidates. Under state law, council vacancies are filled by appointment by the City Council until the next regular municipal election, which is set for 2023. The selected candidate would fill out that term.

Scarbeary retired in October 2018 as fire lieutenant from the Streator Fire Department. During his tenure with the fire department, he was involved in Streator’s nuisance and fire code inspection programs. He served with the Streator Fire Department for more than two decades.



Derek Barichello

Derek Barichello

Derek is a Streator High and University of Illinois graduate. He worked at the Albany-Herald in Albany, Ga., and for Sauk Valley Media in Sterling, before returning to his hometown paper. He's now news editor for both the NewsTribune and The Times.