Ray Schneider, Herscher’s six-term mayor, has decided not to run for re-election in the spring. Schneider, a Herscher native, was first elected mayor in 1989. He was 34 years old when he first became mayor and will be leaving at the age of 65.
Except for the years he spent in Dubai for work, from 1998 to 2008, he has led the village’s board meetings and heard the concerns of countless citizens. The population of Herscher has increased by more than 400 people during Schneider’s tenure.
Schneider states, “It has been rewarding to be at the leadership when the board is working toward a common goal.” He continues, “Most of the board members have been pleasant to work with, especially the last eight years. Everybody on that board has a common goal which is the betterment of the town and its citizens.”
He feels his most noteworthy accomplishments to date include establishing the enterprise zone along Rt. 115 while still striving to keep downtown business alive. Sidewalk improvements along Park Road, and ADA accessibility ramp and doors at the Herscher Village Hall are also high on the list.
Since retiring from Chicago Bridge & Iron in June 2019, Schneider can often be seen at the Village Hall working on village matters. He also enjoys playing golf and spending time with family.
Schneider has two children and five grandchildren. He and his wife, Sally, have taken several mission trips in the past. In addition, he has traveled to 28 countries as a result of business and personal travel. The Schneiders hope to travel more extensively when the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.