Meet the Mayor

Mayor Wilson 72ppi

Maile Wilson Edwards was born and raised in Cedar City, Utah.  She was elected as Cedar City’s first female mayor and the youngest mayor in November 2013. She was re-elected to her second term in November 2017.  Her grandfather, Loren Whetten, served two terms as mayor of Cedar City.  In 2018, Mayor Wilson Edwards married her sweetheart, Dr. Jayson Edwards. In addition to her duties as Mayor, she is an attorney with Jones Waldo Holbrook & McDonough Law Firm, working in their southern Utah offices in Cedar City and St. George.   

Mayor Wilson Edwards earned a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Southern Utah University. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Charlotte School of Law, in Charlotte, North Carolina, where she received honors in pro bono work and nonprofit legal management.

Mayor Wilson Edwards’ life has always focused on public service and policy.  Her national public-service record includes a White House internship with First Lady Laura Bush, working for the Mitt Romney for his President Transition Team in Washington D.C., and serving at the United States Department of the Interior.  On a local level, she worked for the city manager of Washington City, Utah, where she focused on budget, zoning and policy issues.  She also worked in the Charlotte City Attorney’s Office in Charlotte, North Carolina and was a legal counsel intern at Southern Utah University.

Mrs. Wilson Edwards has long been involved in community service.  At a very early age, she participated in everything from community parades, the Utah Summer Games, Utah Shakespeare Festival, pageants, and other community volunteer efforts. She also participated in various ecclesiastical assignments for her church.  The mayor maintains a high level of commitment to support women and women’s issues, and she continues to work tirelessly to build bridges between all sectors of the community’s population.

As Mayor, Mrs. Wilson Edwards is proud to have been a part of the completion of numerous projects to improve Cedar City, including, but not limited to:

  • Development of Cedar City’s first strategic plan and associated annual budget report with the city’s department and division goals.
  • Completion of the city’s multi-million-dollar upgrade and nitrate removal project at the Cedar City Waste Water Treatment Plant.
  • Establishment of the Cedar City Birthday “What Makes Me Smile About Cedar City” contest for our local elementary school students.
  • Co-authored, The Perfect Place, A Prairie Dog Book, which educates children about our local Cedar City sites and history from the perspective of a prairie dog family.
  • Establishment of a balanced budget while addressing city infrastructure and maintenance needs.
  • Expansion and update of the Cedar City website and other technological resources to keep our citizens better informed while providing more efficient service delivery and allowing for additional networking opportunities.
  • Secured federal funding to complete Phase 3 of the Coal Creek Flood Control Project which will allow a number of residential and business properties to be removed from a FEMA flood zone.
  • Co-chaired the Iron County Intergenerational Poverty Initiative and secured grant funding to assist with enhancing programs for middle school-aged students living in intergenerational poverty.
  • Chaired the Economic Development Committee for the Cedar City – Iron County Office of Economic Development, and successfully assisted with recruiting new companies and industries to Cedar City while also supporting the growth and expansion of numerous existing businesses.  

Mayor Wilson Edwards has deep roots in Cedar City. Her family has lived and worked in the community for more than 85 years. The Festival City itself has grown up while Mayor Wilson Edwards grew up here.  She was named one of the top five Most Influential Women in Southern Utah.  Other accomplishments, in addition to her service on numerous Boards and committees, include:

  • Cedar City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Woman of the Year award; 
  • Utah Business Magazine’s 30 Women to Watch; 
  • Attorney at Law Magazine's  Attorneys to Watch in 2017;
  • Utah National Guard  Honorary Commander of the 65 Field Artillery Brigade, 
  • Utah's representative at the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar in Pennsylvania.

Mayor Wilson Edwards plans to continue her work to make Cedar City the best place to live, work, and raise a family,  for the many citizens living in our beautiful, scenic area.  

If you wish to contact Mayor Wilson Edwards, she can be reached at mayorwilson@cedarcity.org.