Sidney A. Katz, who was elected to represent County Council District 3 in November 2014, started his public service career in Gaithersburg serving on the Planning Commission from 1976 to 1978. He was elected to the Gaithersburg City Council and in 1978 and served until 1998. He was elected Mayor in 1998 and served until November 10, 2014. He resigned as Mayor upon his election to the County Council.
Councilmember Katz is serving on the Council’s Public Safety Committee and on its Government Operations and Fiscal Policy Committee.
Councilmember Katz was inducted into the Maryland Municipal League Hall of Fame in 1998, and is a graduate and fellow of the Academy for Excellence in Local Governance. He served as president of the Maryland Municipal League (MML) in 2008-09.
While Mayor of Gaithersburg, Councilmember Katz listed among his most significant accomplishments the fact that with thoughtful and innovative planning, the City continued to deliver outstanding services and amenities to its residents while remaining debt free.
Councilmember Katz graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Maryland. A lifelong resident of Gaithersburg, he was the owner of Wolfson’s Department Store in Olde Towne, a small retail store started by his grandparents in 1918 and family-operated until 2013. Councilmember Katz and his wife, Sally, have two children.