Meet Mayor CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls

Meet Mayor CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls 2018-02-19T10:47:12+00:00

Mayor CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls, City of St. Francis, WI –

American Politician Non Partisan office,

Re-Elected 2016 to second term, Elected in 2012

7th Mayor of St. Francis, 1st female Mayor

City of St. Francis, established 1951

Took office second term on April 19, 2016

Age: 57

CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls, prior to being elected to Mayor of the City of St. Francis, WI worked in Municipal Government for two municipalities in the State of Wisconsin, Village of Menomonee Falls, Waukesha County(1983-1987) and the City of Kenosha, Kenosha County(1987-2001)

Currently along with serving in elected office in St. Francis CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls works as a Project Manager for Legacy Communications. She married Tom Carls in 1995 Chief Credit Officer at ByLine Bank(Brookfield) and together they have one son Layton.

CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls has further Executive leadership and business management experience as the first female Executive Director of the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce(2001-2004) There she built strategic partnerships, supported regional initiatives, transformed and upgraded the “Kenosha Expo” Business event that is thriving still today.

Mayor CoryAnn in December 2017 was elected Vice President of the Gateway Areotropolis

and was appointed to the Milwaukee City/County Heroin, Cocaine, and Opioid Task Force by the Intergovernmental Cooperation Committee, a group that is made up of Mayor’s and Village Presidents from the 19 Milwaukee County Municipalities. CoryAnn was elected in 2017 to the Board of the Directors of the FBI Milwaukee Citizens Academy Alumni Association. The State Headquarters for the FBI is located in St. Francis, WI

CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls has worked to bring new business and tax base growth to St. Francis.

She worked to bring the FBI State Headquarters to St. Francis(dedicated June 2016) to avoid vacant office space on the Lakefront to occur. The former Stark building is owned by Molasky group and leased to the Government, with taxes coming to the City on the improved property.  CoryAnn has networked with local businesses interested in expanding and brought their proposals and needs forward to the Council. St. Marie-Carls has coordinated visiits to St. Francis by State and Federal officials and agencies for business development and partnerships including WEDC, WHEDA, and SBA.

CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls built community consensus pivotal to the development of the St. Francis Civic Center,(2014) a public building improvement that was embarked upon that established a partnership with the Historical Society and upgraded from a facility that could no longer adequately serve the needs of St. Francis into the future.

CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls also lead a major improvement to Vretenar Park patio and playground using not public funds. Spearheaded promotion and advertising of the Community starting a “Shop St. Francis” initiative and a “Fall Harvest & Heritage Open House” as well as being on the initial committee to start the St. Francis Christmas Parade.   CoryAnn has organized over 30 Mayor’s task group meetings and Community Connection events since 2013 creating opportunities for neighbors to tour businesses meet each other, express ideas and needs.

CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls, was born in Cudahy, Wisconsin, was baptized at Holy Family Catholic Church and graduated from their Grade School.   St. Marie-Carls, is the second child of Barbara and Delbert St. Marie (died 2010). Delbert served as a Milwaukee County Deputy Sheriff (1960-1989) and Barbara after a time as homemaker worked for St. Francis Hospital in Medical records. Barbara from Cudahy, WI graduated from Notre Dame High School and attended Marquette University. Delbert of Red Lake Falls, MN grew up in farming and graduated from Red Lake Falls High School and served in the US Army during the Korean War.

St. Marie-Carls graduated from Cudahy High School (1979) and the University of Wisconsin Whitewater (1983) and received a Master Degree in Management from Cardinal Stritch University (1999), Master’s Thesis “Customer Service in Government”. CoryAnn received the distinguished recent Alumni Award from UW-Whitewater (1998)

CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls during the Boys and Girls Club capital campaign to build their new headquarters in Kenosha was identified as one of the most recognizable names in the City. She was a founding Board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Kenosha in 1992 and served as President in 2004, and is currently and Honorary Board Member.

CoryAnn was named by Gateway Technical College as a Humanitarian Award Winner(1998) and was a member of the Gateway Technical College Board(1999-2002)

CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls was a member of the Board of the Girl Scouts of Kenosha County(2005-2010) and served on the merger team to merge into the Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast(2010-2014) CoryAnn served as the Chair of the Community Engagement Committee for a year after leaving the Board, as appointed by then Kathleen O’Brien, Board President (Alverno College)

CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls, was named by Gateway Technical College as a Humanitarian Award Winner(1998) and was a member of the Gateway Technical College Board(1999-2002)

CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls has been an active member of Optimist Clubs International for 25 years, and was a founding member of the Kenosha Noon Club as well as the Milwaukee Metro Optimist Club and the friends of St. Francis Optimist Club. In addition she is a member of the original Milwaukee Optimist Club which was established in 1917. She was awarded Distinguished President, Optimist International/Kenosha Noon Optimist Club(1993-94) Distinguished Lt. Governor, Southern Wisconsin Optimist District(2002-03)

CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls was acknowledged for her community service receiving the Community Achiever Award Winner, Kenosha Bulletin News. CoryAnn was President of Junior Achievement of Kenosha(2004-2007) and a member of the Board of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.

CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls was named Miss St. Francis 1986 and was a top ten finalist at the Miss Wisconsin Pageant

(1986-87) CoryAnn has volunteered 31 years with the Pageant.

CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls also is a former member of Kenosha County Workforce Development Board, Southeastern Wisconsin Higher Education Coalition, UW-Parkside Pre-College Program Advisory Board, Kenosha Unified School District Strategic Planning Committee, Carthage College City Scholarship Selection Committee, Mayor’s Youth Commission, Keep Kenosha Beautiful Commission, Kenosha Progress Committee, Kenosha NAACP Board, Girl Scouts of Kenosha Board, Carthage College Business Professional Coalition. St. Marie-Carls formerly sang as a featured vocalist with the John Bunic Big Band and the Kenosha Pops Orchestra for over 15 summers.


CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls is a member of the Friends of the St. Francis Library, St. Francis Historical Society, St. Francis Civic Association, Friends of St. Francis Optimist Club, South Shore Chamber of Commerce and South Side Business Club of Milwaukee. CoryAnn has volunteered and/or contributed to National Night Out, St. Francis Days, 4th of July, Cudahy/St. Francis Project Concern, St. Francis Seminary, St. Ann’s Center, All Abilities Playground, Willow Glen School, St. Francis High School, Sisters of St. Francis, Miss St. Francis.   In addition, she supports her church Nativity of the Lord Parish, St. Thomas Aquinas Grade School, and St. Thomas More High School.

Sports are a special interest of CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls and she is active in tennis and golf. She has played USTA tennis competitive matches. Biking is another favorite utilizing the Oak Leaf lakefront trail, a County Trail that goes through St. Francis, as well as riding through Bay View Park which is another County Park on the lake in St. Francis. CoryAnn also coached grade school girls’ basketball for 3 years at St. Thomas Aquinas Academy and assisted with her son’s Cub