Elected Officials

 

 

Mayor Cathy Wilson

Cathy is currently serving as the first female Democratic Mayor of Morris Township. Last year, in only her second year on the Morris Township Committee, she was voted Deputy Mayor.

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.

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, especially video of the Committee meetings, are taking on new importance in the unprecedented emergency of the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

Deputy Mayor Jeff Grayzel

In 2007 Jeff Grayzel became the first Democrat to be elected to the Morris Township Committee since 1973.  When he won the 2018 election, Jeff finally became a member of the majority party on the Committee instead of the lone Democrat, and in 2019 he became Morris Township’s first Democratic mayor.  He is the only Democrat in Morris Township ever to be elected to a second term, and now a third term. Jeff currently serves as Deputy Mayor.

Jeff had a long career at Bristol-Myers Squibb with experience in system design, marketing, and international business development. He is now president of a private medical device development firm. He holds bachelor’s degrees in both economics and operations research from Cornell University and a master’s degree in industrial engineering from Columbia University.

His 2020 Committee assignments include serving as a member of the: Environmental Commission, Economic Development Advisory Committee, Sanitary Sewer Advisory Committee, and Engineering Committee. Jeff is also a member of the Board of Health, the Township Planning Board, and is chairman of the five-town Joint Municipal Court.

A Morris Township resident for 23 years, Jeff is married and has two teen-age children.

Committeeman John Arvanites

John Arvanites was sworn in as a member of the Morris Township Committee in 2018. Previously, he spent 14 years in elected positions in Roseland, New Jersey, including 10 years on the council and four years as mayor.

John is president of Arvanites & Associates, CPA, PA, an accounting firm he founded in 1997.  His niche expertise lies in accounting for the restaurant, professional services, independent contractor, manufacturing, petroleum, and real estate industries.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a past board member of the Executives’ Association of New Jersey.

John’s Committee assignments have included serving on the: Morris Township/Morristown Joint Municipal Alliance, Trails Committee, Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee, and the Board of Health.

John has three children.

Committeeman Mark Gyorfy

Mark Gyorfy, a Morris Township native, was elected to his first term of office in 2018. He also serves the community as a volunteer firefighter at Hillside Hose Company No. 1 on Western Ave., where he has been an active member for more than ten years.

Mark is a former Congressional advisor to U.S. Congressman Albio Sires (NJ-08), where he advised the congressman on financial services, homeland security, and veterans’ issues, among others, in his legislative office on Capitol Hill. Sires has said of Mark: “Mark worked tirelessly on legislation to help veterans, small businesses, and the homeless in the 8th District. He always put the needs of New Jerseyans first, and I know he will be a passionate public servant for his hometown.”

Currently, Mark works in Newark in the financial services industry as a communications manager. Previously, Mark held a similar role at a firm based in Jersey City. He received his bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland College Park and minored in Global Terrorism Studies.

Mark’s 2020 Committee assignments include serving as a member of the Standing Committees on Communications, Legislation, Infrastructure, Transportation and Circulation, and Sewer Utility. Mark also serves as the Township Committee’s liaison to the Office of Emergency Management.

Mark lives in the Burnham Park neighborhood and is engaged to be married to his high school sweetheart, Kelly. You can find him walking the trails in Jones Woods, tending his plot at the Community Garden, or at the firehouse.