Jersey City council president serves ‘as a voice for others’

Profiles in Power highlights public officials nationwide who are improving their communities through their dedication, enthusiasm, creativity and experience.

This week’s profile is Joyce E. Watterman, council president of Jersey City, New Jersey.

Public career highlights and education: I have a Master of Arts degree in organizational leadership from Pillar College. I am the first African-American woman council president of Jersey City and created the city’s first woman’s advisory board.

What I like best about public service: Serving as a voice for others is what I like best about public service, advocating for their needs and rights. There’s a profound satisfaction in knowing that I can make a positive impact on individuals and communities, helping to address their concerns and improve their lives. Public service provides me with a platform to contribute to the greater good, fostering positive change and promoting equality and justice. It’s incredibly fulfilling to work towards building a better Jersey City where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and be heard.

The best advice I’ve received: Recognize that everything in life has its seasons. It reminds me to embrace each moment fully, understanding that circumstances change and evolve. By staying present and engaged in the present moment, I’m able to make the most of every opportunity, whether it’s during times of challenge or prosperity. This wisdom encourages me to focus on doing my best with the time I have, appreciating the journey and the lessons it brings. It’s a reminder to savor the “good” moments and learn from the “not-so-good” ones, ultimately leading to a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

People might be interested to know that: I love Minnie Mouse and not that many people know that. I’ve always had a soft spot for this iconic character. There’s something charming and timeless about Minnie Mouse that resonates with me.

One thing I wish more people knew about local government: One aspect I wish more people understood about the division of government I serve in is the scope of authority of the city council. While the city council plays a crucial role in local governance, there are limitations to what it can and cannot do. It’s essential for the public to recognize that there are certain matters beyond the council’s jurisdiction.

For instance, the city council may have control over local ordinances, budget allocations and certain administrative functions, but matters such as state or federal laws, national policies and broader regional issues are often outside of our direct influence.

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