Wellington Education Committee Chair John “Jay” Webber recently filed to run for Seat 1 on the Wellington Village Council in next year’s municipal election.
Seat 1 is an open seat, being vacated by Councilman Michael Drahos, who is term limited. The election will be held Tuesday, March 19, 2024.
“Fifteen years ago, my family moved to Wellington because of everything it offered — great schools, parks and recreational opportunities, a hometown feel and a safe environment for families,” said Webber, who lives with his wife Sara and three sons. “I am running for the council to ensure that we continue to preserve and protect that Wellington, and keep it as a place where people feel part of a great community.”
Webber serves as chair of the Wellington Education Committee, a position he has held since 2017. He is a longtime Wellington Little League baseball coach, a partner in the law firm Billing Cochran Mauro Lyles and Ramsey, and the chair of the Law Related Education Committee of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. Webber holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Connecticut and a law degree from the Fordham University School of Law.
During Webber’s tenure on the Wellington Education Committee, he has helped oversee the distribution of the Keely Spinelli grants to Wellington schools. Through these grants, Wellington schools have received much-needed funding for tutoring and other important programs to ensure that students receive the best possible education.
Also, as part of his role on the committee, Webber helped lead the successful fight against the recent school rezoning plan that would have taken Wellington students out of Wellington schools. He has also worked with the Palm Beach County School District to improve the traffic and parking situation at Wellington Landings Middle School and Wellington High School.
Webber has been a coach, umpire and independent evaluator for Wellington Little League since his family moved to the community in 2008. He has coached more than 25 teams, including two local all-star teams, and has had the privilege of working with hundreds of young players and their families.
Webber is a member of St. David’s-in-the-Pines Episcopal Church in Wellington, where he serves as junior warden on the church council and as a eucharistic minister. Webber is also an annual participant in the church’s Living Nativity presentation during the Christmas season, usually portraying one of the three wise men.
Webber is a member of the Wellington Historical Society and the Wellington Chamber of Commerce. He previously served on the School Advisory Committee (SAC) for both Binks Forest Elementary School and Wellington Landings Middle School.