Mayor Cathy Carlat Biography
Cathy Carlat was elected Mayor in November 2014 and took office as Peoria's first female mayor on January 7, 2015. She has been in public service in Peoria for the last decade, representing Peoria's largest and fastest-growing district on Peoria City Council.
As Mayor, Carlat is dedicated to maintaining and improving quality of life for Peoria residents, public safety, preserving open space and economic development. In her first six months in office, Carlat immediately launched initiatives aimed at creating jobs, preserving open space and increasing tourism. Under her leadership, the Peoria City Council passed a balanced budget in record time, which included public safety additions and many citizen-driven projects, accomplished without increasing taxes.
Carlat is an avid proponent of fiscal responsibility. As Council Member, she created Peoria's recycling program which to date has generated more than $900,000, protecting ratepayers from the burden of rising public service costs.
Mayor Carlat's dedication to results with accountability stem from her roots in business management. She has held leadership roles within a Fortune 500 company and a commercial real estate leasing firm, and she operated her own small business.
Mayor Carlat retired after thirteen years at Central Arizona Project to concentrate full-time on making Peoria an even better place to live. She and her husband Dennis have three children and three grandchildren.