Morris native appointed to San Diego board

SAN DIEGO, CALIF. – William Kelly, who was born and raised in Morris, was recently appointed to the city of San Diego’s Senior Affairs Advisory Board by the San Diego, Calif. city council. 

“I believe Mr. Kelly will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Senior Affairs Advisory Board and look forward to the perspective he will add in this role,” said Council President Todd Gloria, who nominated Kelly for the position, in a news release.

A 1965 graduate of Morris Community High School, Kelly, brother of Erwin Kelly Jr. of Coal City and Betty Ann Sjostrom of Morris, lived in Morris until entering the US Air Force in 1970. He is now married to his husband of 35 years, Robert Taylor, and they live in San Diego where he has been active in the community since 1997.

The Senior Affairs Advisory Board serves in an advisory capacity to the mayor and city council on policy and issues relating to transportation, security at home, improved intergenerational interaction, meal delivery, housing, improved city-county cooperation, and other issues. The board makes recommendations for improving communications between seniors and the government, reviews city employment policies for seniors, performs studies and surveys as requested, and advises on issues and formation of laws, policies, or procedures which may affect seniors, according to the release.

Kelly has been a community activist and volunteer since moving to San Diego, according to the release.

An advocate for seniors and a senior himself, he has focused his efforts on the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered community.