Matt has risen rapidly in Gaston County government, starting as an intern in 2014, ascending to the Budget Director position by 2016, and is now Deputy County Manager. He is from Kingsport, TN and graduated from East Tennessee State University with a degree in Political Science. A lifetime learner, Matt earned an MS in Economics and Community Development after he finished his MPA at UNC Charlotte. Matt has always had an interest in public budgeting and finance. As Budget Director, Matt sees himself as a problem solver for the county, working with departments to understand their needs in the context of resource constraints. He particularly enjoys working with the commissioners, the county manager, and across departments to accomplish large-scale projects in creative ways.