The 2018-2019 City Council year will keep District 1 Councilmember Joyce Morgan focused again on meeting the needs of Arlington and bringing City Hall directly to the constituents through monthly town hall meetings. Morgan has earned a reputation for consistently holding informational Town Hall Meetings every month other than July and December and providing a personal touch for her constituents. She continues efforts to fight blight, increase economic development, and decrease crime in Arlington and across the City.
Morgan will serve this year as Vice Chair of the Finance Committee and as a member of the Neighborhoods, Community Services, Public Health & Safety committee. Morgan retains assignments with the Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, the Keep Jacksonville Beautiful Commission, and the Public Service Grants Council, but will assume additional duties on the Value Adjustment Board, the Personnel Committee, and Sister Cities.
Last year, Morgan served on the Transportation, Energy and Utilities Committee and the Rules Committee. She was also appointed to the original 5 member committee seeking information on the possible sale of JEA. Prior to that, she served as City County Chaplain and during her first year, Morgan was appointed to serve as Floor Leader. She has also received the “Charles D. Webb Award” her first year. It’s the City Council's most prestigious internal award, bestowed annually, by the outgoing President, to the Council Member that best exemplifies the extraordinary commitment to public service demonstrated by the late Charles D. Webb during his years on the City Council. Mr. Webb served on the City Council from 1971 until his death in 1976.
Joyce Morgan first came to Jacksonville in 1988 prior to being a television personality in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia to anchor the morning news at Channel 17 (WJKS). She left for a short stint in Dallas but returned to Channel 4 (WJXT) and has been a media staple since 1993. She lived on the Southside and Argyle before settling with her family in Arlington in 1999. Morgan is well known and respected throughout the south for her nearly three decades in broadcasting and these experiences have helped sharpen her knowledge and understanding of what is essential to a strong community and city.
Morgan is currently a media and public relations consultant focusing on delving into community outreach for local and regional clients. She has been a lifelong community servant using her communication and public relations experience to volunteer with dozens of organizations from United Way, the Bridge of Northeast Florida, PACE Center for Girls, the Diabetes Association, Cancer Society, Children’s Home Society, numerous PTAs, the Arlington YMCA to numerous educational institutions including Edward Waters College.
Morgan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. She has received additional training as a Sales Representative, Certified Financial Literacy Trainer, and a Life Skills Trainer along with becoming a National Image Trainer with BeautiControl Cosmetics.
Morgan has a host of honors ranging from– media awards to Girl Scouts Women of Distinction. She has also garnered recognition from the Women of Color Cultural Foundation, the YWCA, Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association.
Morgan is married to Dr. Richard Danford, Jr. CEO of the Jacksonville Urban League. They have three children, Faith, Morgan, and Richard Danford III.
Joyce and her family are members of Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.