The Mayor, City Council, and staff of the City of Monona are deeply saddened by the passing of their friend and respected colleague, Alderperson Kathy Thomas, on Sunday, March 12.
According to Mayor Mary O’Connor, “Kathy Thomas was an institution in Monona. Her passing leaves a huge void. She was a very effective member of the city council for years and left her mark on almost every aspect of city operations in one way or another. Most of all, she loved Monona, and what was best for its residents was what inspired her every day. She will be missed. Our sympathies go out to her family and many friends.”
Thomas was the longest-serving elected official in the history of the City of Monona, serving a total of almost 37 years on the City Council. She was first elected in 1979 and retired from service in 2016. However, she returned to a seat on the City Council again in 2019. Her final term in office was to end next month. She had announced last December that she would not be seeking reelection for another term.
Memorial plans for Alderperson Thomas will be announced at a later date.