Bean, serving as Mayor of the City of Urbana since 2012, was born and raised in Urbana. He is an Urbana High School graduate and graduated from Urbana University with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science, majoring in philosophy and religion.
Bean was the owner of L.B. Berry Insurance in downtown Urbana for 36 years. He served as a trustee of Urbana University for 20 years; is a long time member and Past President of the Urbana Lions Club and is a member of Simon Kenton Pathfinders. He serves on the board of the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) for Champaign County. He is one of the founding members of the Champaign Economic Partnership (CEP/CIC) and he also is a member of the Ohio Municipal League (OML) and serves on the Executive Board of the Ohio Mayors Association. Bean is the Chairman of the Champaign District Health Board.
His family came to Ohio in 1806 with three great grandfathers and numerous uncles who fought in the Civil War. His roots in Champaign County extend to his grandfather, Noble Bean, who was President of Peoples Savings and Loan and Past President of the Champaign County Republican Club. His father, Robert (Bob) Bean and mother, Marjorie Bean were very civic-minded, as well, serving on numerous boards and committees.
Bean is married to Audra Bean of Urbana. His daughter, Teresa Matteson, her husband Casey and two children: daughter, Lilly and son, Landon, reside in Montgomery County.
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