Mayor Cathy Carlat Biography
Mayor Carlat is a three-term Peoria City Councilmember and former small business owner known for her work to protect neighborhoods, create jobs and ensure a strong quality of life for Peoria residents.
She was first elected to the City Council in 2005 and won re-election twice, in 2009 and again in 2013, before she resigned to seek election as Mayor of Peoria. During this time, she also served as Vice Mayor twice, in 2008 and again in 2011.
Throughout her tenure on Peoria City Council, Cathy has embraced her role, tirelessly advocating for the needs of the largest and fastest growing area in Peoria. As a result, much of her time was spent making sure neighborhoods were protected during times of rapid change, ultimately tackling issues such as long range planning, economic development and transportation.
Cathy has a strong understanding of the challenges facing business, as she herself once owned a small business and has held positions as a District Manager for a Fortune 500 Company and Vice President of a commercial real estate leasing firm. Cathy retired from the Communications Department of Central Arizona Project in 2015 where she had been employed since 2001.
Always mindful of her fiscal responsibility, Cathy initiated Peoria’s recycling program, to defray costs that would have been passed on to residential ratepayers. She also served on the Council Subcommittee on Community Culture and Public Safety, Chairperson for the Council Subcommittee on Policy and Appointments and Council Liaison to the Economic Development Advisory Board.
As Mayor, Ms. Carlat represents Peoria on a variety of Regional Committees, including MAG Regional Council, MAG Transportation Policy Committee, Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Luke West Valley Council, the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, and among others, Westmarc.
Mayor Carlat serves the citizens of Peoria with a passion for the future and with a strong focus on quality growth and employment. She and her husband Dennis have three children and three grandchildren.