Mayor Cathy Carlat Biography

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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.

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.

Under Mayor Carlat’s leadership, Council streamlined the budgeting process and has 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 represents Peoria on several statewide and regional boards, including Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, League of Arizona Cities and Towns Executive Committee and General Administration, Human Resources and Elections Policy Committee, WESTMARC Executive Committee, Central Arizona Conservation Alliance, and The Flinn Foundation’s Arizona’s Bioscience Roadmap Steering Committee. Mayor Carlat is also in her second year serving as Vice President of the Arizona Municipal Water User’s Association Board of Directors.

Having held positions as a District Manager for a Fortune 500 Company and Vice President of a commercial real estate firm, Carlat retired after thirteen years at Central Arizona Project to concentrate full-time on building Peoria to its fullest potential. She and her husband Dennis have three children and three grandchildren.

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