Mayor Cathy Carlat

Cathy Carlat took office as Peoria’s first female Mayor in January 2015. She has served on Peoria City Council since 2005, where she was elected three times to represent Peoria’s largest and fastest-growing district.

Mayor Carlat is an avid proponent of fiscal responsibility and government accountability. On Council, her steadfast commitment brought revenue-producing recycling services to Peoria, shielded communities from development pressures, and successfully led key services to underserved areas.

Under Mayor Carlat’s leadership, Council streamlined the budgeting process and passed balanced budgets in record time, used expiring fees to protect a treasured iconic mountain peak, improved the city’s fire and medical service, and established citizen-led committees to modernize the City Charter and plan for Peoria’s future. She also initiated Peoria’s annual investor forum to help bring jobs to Peoria, which has resulted in several key business partnerships. 

Mayor Carlat is committed to cutting-edge public safety, attracting quality employment that embraces the workforce of tomorrow, and leadership to strategically plan for a lasting economy. These factors contribute greatly to Peoria’s exceptional quality of life, to which she remains dedicated as Peoria evolves into a thriving modern city. 

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