He is 33, married and does not have children.
Currently serves as assistant city manager in Elgin and has held the position since November 2000. He served as acting city manager in Batavia, N.Y., from August to November 2000 and as assistant city manager of Batavia from May 1998 to August 2000.
Received a master’s degree in public administration from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Ill., in 1997 and a bachelor of arts in political science from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., in 1995.
He is president of the board of directors for the Well-Child Center of Kane County, a board member for the Elgin Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, a board member for the United Way of Elgin and a member of the Noon Kiwanis Club of Elgin. He enjoys golfing, volunteering and spending time with his wife.
What challenges have you faced in your city that have prepared you for the Columbia job?
“Elgin and Columbia have many things in common and, I think — one that I would point out in particular — I’d point to the rapid growth in both cities. I think that’s something that prepared me well. Elgin’s an old, diverse and active community with lots of neighborhood associations just like Columbia.”
What attracts you to Columbia?
“Columbia, for many reasons, is appealing to me at this point. It’s got a university, and a well-known city government that’s characterized by a stable city manager and city officials. It also has a high degree of public participation, and it’s a community that’s growing and evolving.”
What’s your greatest accomplishment in city government?
“Number one would be my accomplishments with budget and finance in the city of Elgin. We have a very well-recognized and well-known budget both within the area and nationally. I also have a long track record of city service with community service.”
— Matt Graham and Elizabeth Lothman