Cathey was born at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, DC. Her Father was a career Air Force officer who served as a Navigator Bombardier in WWII and later in Nato Intelligence. Her family has lived in Arizona since 1965. She excelled in the Arizona public school system and graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She married Dr. Tom Rusing, a General Surgeon, in 1978 at Sacred Heart Church in Prescott. The Rusing family came to Prescott in 1961 and started Julie Ann’s Bakery. Tom and Cathey volunteered for 6 months as Medical Volunteers at a small hospital in the highlands of Kenya in 1985, before returning to Prescott to open Prescott Surgical Clinic, and to raise a family. They are the proud parents of 3 sons. There are now 4 generations of Rusings living in Prescott!
Cathey is the newest Prescott Council Member. She was sworn in Nov. 19, 2019 to a 4 year term. She was overwhelmingly elected in a nonpartisan election, running on the important issues of Growth and Development, Water, Traffic, and Preservation of our natural beauty and our wonderful quality life. She was the only Candidate that did not take campaign donations from developers. She also was the only Candidate to support the position of Save the Dells, a grassroots organization that is working hard to preserve the “Heart of the Dells.”
Cathey is currently working with the City Council and Staff to complete annexation negotiations with Arizona Eco Development which will preserve approximately 475 aces of important Granite Dells property by implementing the City’s open space policy. Also, she is working with Council, City Staff, Save the Dells, and our Representatives at the State Capitol to obtain State Funding, therefore bringing our sales tax dollars back to be reinvested in our community for the creation of a Regional Park. This Park will enhance Prescott’s reputation as a destination for Eco Tourism.
Prior to her election, Cathey learned basic good business skills by spending almost 30 years helping to build and manage a busy surgical practice, and managed all aspects of personal commercial and residential rental properties. She was also involved in expanding the Downtown Business District. Cathey is a member of the Citizens Water Advocacy Group (CWAG), a science based “think tank” of local water experts who are dedicated to water conservation, protecting our aquifer, and the flow of the Verde River. She is also a member of the Citizens Tax Committee (CTC), a watchdog group of citizens and elected officials dedicated to keeping an eye on the spending of your tax dollars. She is also a volunteer for the Yavapai County Emergency Medical Reserve Corps.
Cathey is an advocate for Truth and Transparency in City government, and encourages citizen input and participation. Please feel free to call, Email, or make an appointment.
Cathey enjoys hiking, biking, and kayaking the scenic trails, parks, and lakes that are in such close proximity in and around Prescott. Cathey and Tom can also be found Downtown, partaking in Prescott’s vibrant Food, Music, Arts and Culture scene, and in the many Events and Festivals!