The Honorable Susan M. Kay, Mayor
Growing up in an Irish Catholic family of five in South Boston defined a tough work ethic Susan Sullivan Kay has kept her entire life. Twelve years of parochial school gave her a jump start on the importance of a solid command of the English language and a respect for authority drilled into students by disciplined nuns.
Mayor Kay attended one year of Boston Business School on Warren Ave. in Boston which helped to sharpen business skills. Unfortunately, racial riots prevented her from completing the two-year program.
Mayor Kay worked at Western Union, typing and switching telegrams early in her career. She moved on to become the General Manager of the South Boston Tribune. Approximately 5 years later, she applied and received a job as a typesetter and mechanical artist for a weekly newspaper known as the Weymouth News. Over the course of eight years, she was promoted to production manager, then advertising manager and eventually became general manager at the paper. She was responsible for designing and printing the Annual Town Meeting Warrant that was distributed to Town Meeting members. This led to Mayor Kay’s interest in town politics.
Mayor Kay married and moved to Weymouth where she has lived for over 35 years and raised her son PJ. She is now the proud grandparent of Caroline and Ryan Kay. As her interest in Weymouth politics grew, Kay befriended the chairman of the Finance Committee and was later appointed as a member.
Mayor Kay attributes her knowledge of Town government to her service on the Finance Committee for three terms (9 years). She was the Chairperson of the Appropriations Committee, member of the Personnel Board and an elected member of the Board of Selectman topping the ticket. She was also an elected Town Meeting member for 6 years.
Kay became very involved in the youth soccer program managing 2000 players. She was a member of the Board of Directors for over 25 years and only recently left the Board. Mayor Kay believes the families she has met over the years involved in the youth program have served as a base of support for her political career.
In 1998 a Charter Commission was formed and in May of 1999, residents of Weymouth voted to change their form of government from Board of Selectman/Town Meeting to the election of a Mayor and Town Council. Kay ran for mayor in 1999 with eight other candidates. She was not successful but was elected a Town Councilor-at-Large two years later. Kay has served as Town Councilor-at-Large for three – two year terms. As a Councilor, Kay was elected by her peers as Vice-Chairman of the Budget/Management Committee, Chairman of the Senior Committee and the Ordinance Committee, which oversees the passage of local option laws applicable to the Town of Weymouth.
Kay worked at a large printing house in Rockland as a quality manager, then production manager after leaving the newspaper business. She later applied for and was hired as an Administrative Assistant to the Executive Secretary for the Town of Braintree. After three years and due to the resignation of the existing Executive Secretary, Kay was appointed interim Executive Secretary for the Town. Her appointment was extended three times over three years until she left the position after being elected Weymouth’s second Mayor of the Town of Weymouth in November, 2007. Mayor Kay is Weymouth’s first female Mayor and will serve a four year term.