Mayor Cathy Wilson
Cathy is currently serving as the first female Democratic Mayor of Morris Township, and she is running for re-election to the Committee in 2020. Last year, in only her second year on the Morris Township Committee, she was voted Deputy Mayor.
During Cathy’s tenure as an elected official, she has been appointed to many of the Township’s boards, commissions and committees including: the Planning Board, where her special interest has been to improve communication with the public on land use issues; the Transportation Advisory Committee, which she spearheaded the creation of; and the Economic Development Advisory Committee, which she helped reinvigorate and develop its new strategic plan. She also chairs the following standing committees: Public Works; and two new standing committees that she pushed to create in 2019: Environment, Energy, and Sustainability, as well as Transportation and Circulation. Additionally, she is a member of the following standing committees: Finance, Insurance, and Tax Assessor; Communications and Information Technology; Fire Department; and Legislation, Government Liaison, and Grants. In previous years, she served on Parks and Recreation; Sewer Utility; Infrastructure; and Shared Services (including the Municipal Court).
In 2018, Cathy established Office Hours, a monthly communication opportunity for residents to meet with two Township Committee members. Keeping one of her key campaign promises, she spearheaded the Collinsville Playground renovation and in 2020 the James Street sidewalk project. The communications tools that she helped put in place are taking on new importance in the unprecedented emergency of the coronavirus pandemic. This is especially true of the video of Committee meetings that she single-handedly brought to residents when a previous Committee refused to allow it.
Both as an elected official and a concerned citizen, Cathy has attended every Morris Township Committee meeting since 2013. She is a former chair of the Morris Township Democrats. A retired educator, she has two grown children and three grandsons.
Cathy holds a BA degree in English from Washington University and three master’s degrees: in Special Education from the University of Michigan; in Educational Leadership from National-Louis University; and in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University.
Cathy's installation as Deputy Mayor, January 2019