Live Christmas Tree Disposal

Live Christmas Tree Disposal

Commissioner Marla Pearson has announced that the City of Ottawa will collect Christmas trees again this year at the Riordan Pool parking lot through January 31, 2022.

Residents are advised to drop off trees at the designated location near the northeast corner of the parking lot.

Board of Fire & Police Commissioners-Police Lateral Transfer Application

The City of Ottawa, Illinois Board of Fire and Police Commissioners are seeking applications for qualified lateral transfer Patrol Officers.

Applications must be returned to the Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, 301 West Madison Street, Ottawa, Illinois 61350 no later than 4:30 p.m. on January 21, 2022. Oral interviews will be held on January 29, 2021.

Qualified applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. Successfully completed Basic Police Operations at a police training academy.
  2. Is certified by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
  3. Has been previously employed as a full time sworn Law Enforcement Officer by any municipal, county, university or state law enforcement agency and has been with their respective law enforcement agency within the State for at least 2 years
  4. Has completed their probationary period with their current employer.
  5. Is in good standing with the police department in which the applicant serves.
  6. Possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and level of experience required pursuant to the call for qualified lateral transfer applicants; and
  7. Shall be under the age of 35 years. The age limitation is subject to the exceptions set forth in 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6(a) regarding veterans who served on active military duty and 65 ILCS 5/10-2.1-6(d) regarding any policeman previously employed in any municipality, any person who has served as an auxiliary police officer under Section 3.1-30-20 for at least 5 years and is under 40 years of age, any person who has served as a deputy under Section 3-6008 of the Counites Code, or any person who has served as a sworn officer as a member of the Illinois State Police.

For complete information: APPLICATION PACKET

Electrical Exam

Electrical Exam
The City of Ottawa administers the electrical exam for three categories: Residential Wiring, Commercial Wiring, Masters (combination of Residential & Commercial periodically.

Pre-registration is required.

Click here to register.

Lead / Copper Notification

The City of Ottawa found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes/buildings in our community. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and children 6 years and younger. Please read the following notice closely to see what you can do to reduce lead in your drinking water and learn what the City of Ottawa is doing to address this problem. For more information please call Dave Erwin Asst. Superintendent Water/Wastewater @ 815-433-0161 Ext. 312 or visit

Lead in Drinking Water Information