Webster Groves Mayor Welch speaks about active citizen involvement in the government.

Mayor Gerry Welch was elected to the Webster Groves City Council in 1994 and first elected mayor in 1998. Welch grew up in a small town in western Pennsylvania where she received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Seton Hill University. She went on to get her master’s in economics at Marquette University (Wis.) where she met her husband, Patrick. The couple moved to Webster Groves in the 70s when Patrick Welch took a job at St. Louis University. Welch eventually took a position at St. Louis Community College – Meramec. While there, she taught, worked in administration and staff development and served as a department chair. Welch greatly enjoys writing. During her time at Meramec, she co-authored an economics textbook, “Economics Theory and Practice,” with her husband.