Councillor Biagio (Bill) Marra
Councillor Biagio (Bill) Marra -
c/o 350 City Hall Square W. Suite 203
Phone: (519) 948-0900
Councillor Marra, the first of four children born to first generation Italian parents, was born in Switzerland and raised in Windsor since he was 3 years of age. He attended W.D. Lowe Secondary School and obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Sociology and Criminology from the University of Windsor. Councillor Marra has also received the designation of a Certified Dispute Resolution Mediator through a joint University of Windsor and York University program, and he also earned his Masters Certificate in Public Management from The Schulich School of Business at York University.
Councillor Marra has enjoyed a very successful career in the Criminal Justice field since 1988, and from 1997 to 2011 was the Executive Director of New Beginnings, which provides residential and non-residential Children and Youth Services in Windsor and Essex County. He is also a past Chairperson of the Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital Board of Directors and a founding member of that Hospital's Foundation. In September 2011, Councillor Marra accepted the position of President and Executive Director of the Hotel-Dieu Grace Hosptial Foundation.
Councillor Marra has been an active and avid volunteer in our community since 1986. In 2004, Councillor Marra was appointed to the Ontario Civilian Commission on Police Services. He served on the Commission for 4 years. Despite his busy and demanding schedule, in the past, he has also enjoyed coaching Youth Soccer and has twice participated in Christian Missionary trips. In 2011, Councillor Marra was recognized for his community work by the Autism-Ontario Windsor Essex Chapter and he was awarded with The Community Volunteer of the Year Award. Also in 2011, the Board of Directors of the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre recognized Councillor Marra for his work with youth and he was awarded with The Spirit of Ken Jaggs Vocational Recognition Award.
First elected to City Council in 1994, and re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2006 and 2010, Councillor Marra served three consecutive terms as a member of Windsor City Council representing Ward 4 and then returning to his seat in 2006. Since 2010, Councillor Marra has represented the newly established Ward 8 in East Windsor. During his first tenure on City Council, he served on over two dozen committees, boards and commissions, including in the positions of Chairperson of the Windsor Police Services Board, Chairperson of the Windsor Essex Air Quality Committee, Chairperson of the Windsor Citizen's Crime Prevention Committee, Chairperson of the Windsor Essex Solid Waste Authority, Transit Windsor Board Director, and a member of the Windsor Planning Advisory Committee. Councillor Marra has also been very active at the national level as a five-year board member (1999-2003) of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities where he Chaired two National Standing Committees related to community safety, corrections and national parole. In 2011, Councillor Marra was nominated by his Windsor City Council colleagues and subsequently re-elected to the Federation's National Board of Directors.
Councillor Marra is grateful for the privilege of serving his community as a member of City Council. He is very skilled and passionate on issues related to Crime Prevention and Community Safety. He was the lead advocate for a tunneling solution as it relates to the border traffic issue and the recently approved Parkway border corridor, and he is deeply concerned about the environmental challenges in our region and the health implications that they create for the residents of Windsor. Councillor Marra has also been an advocate for the creation of a long-term economic blue print for the region and he has been a very vocal supporter for an enhanced high clearance rail tunnel as part of an overall transportation economic pillar for Windsor.
Currently, Councillor Marra is the Chairperson of the Transit Windsor Board of Directors, Chairperson of the City of Windsor Planning Standing Committee, Chairperson of the Windsor Utilities Commission, a member of the City of Windsor Economic Development Standing Committee, a City of Windsor representative on the Windsor Essex County Health Unit Board of Directors, and a Director with the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Corporation, to name a few.
Bill and his wife Rita reside in Ward 8 and they have three children: Joe-Anthony, Bianca and Dante.