Matthew Livingston (Matt) has been involved in local government for nearly twenty years. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and has completed numerous courses through the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill. He started out his career in local government in the Planning Department with the City of Rock Hill South Carolina. While working in planning he gained experience with doing long and short range plans, unified development ordinances, land use plans, hazard mitigation plans and numerous other documents related to the planning field. With a solid background in planning under his belt he moved into Town Management. His first Town Manager position was with the Town of Rolesville in Wake County where he served for seven years. Having both county and municipal government experience in both rural and urban environments gives him a broad base of understanding local government issues and challenges. He also has experience writing and administering a variety of grants.
In addition, to his local government experience he spent nearly 24 years in the US Coast Guard retiring as a Chief Marine Science Technician in May 2012. Most of his service time was as a reserve, however, while on Active Duty he was stationed on the US Coast Guard Cutter Cowslip a 180 foot ocean going Buoy Tender.