Karen Darch, first elected president in 2005, then re-elected in 2009, 2013, and 2017 is the village president of Barrington. Darch, an attorney, began her service as a village trustee in 1995. A mother of six, Darch and her husband, Doug, have lived in the village for over 30 years.
Darch recently served as president of the Illinois Municipal League. She serves as a board member for the Barrington Area Council of Governments, and serves on the Executive Committee for the Northwest Municipal Conference after previously serving as president, vice president, and legislative chair. She also serves on the Executive Committee for the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, previously serving as chair. She was appointed to serve on the Governor’s Bicentennial Celebration Commission, his Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates Task Force, and as co-chair of his Local Government Transition Subcommittee.