Matthews is governed by a Mayor and a six - member Board of Commissioners. A nonpartisan election for Mayor is held every two years. Commissioner elections are also nonpartisan and all seats are at-large. Commissioners are elected for two year terms. The next election is November 2017.
The mission of the board is to represent the public interest, promote quick, courteous response to residents' problems, provide leadership and direction to the Town's future and ensure the present and future fiscal integrity of the municipal government. The Town has a Council-Manager form of government. Under this form of government, the elected board sets policies for the operation of the Town. Currently serving on the board are (left to right) Commissioners Larry Whitley, Chris Melton, Mayor Pro Tem John Higdon, Mayor James P. Taylor, Commissioners Jeff Miller, John Urban and John Ross.
Town Council meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of every month at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 232 Matthews Station Street. The public is given an opportunity to speak at every meeting for four minutes on any topic. A sign up sheet is in the lobby before every meeting if you would like to address the board.
James (Jim) P. Taylor is serving his fourth term as Mayor of Matthews. Jim served on the Board of Commissioners for five terms before being elected Mayor in 2009. He is active in the community, having served as a board member of the Matthews HELP Center and the Matthews Volunteer Fire Department. A native of Miami, Florida, Mayor Taylor is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in economics. He is the Vice President of Finance in the Home Equity Segment of Wells Fargo Bank. Jim and his wife, Joselyn have two children, Breanna and Brandon. They have lived in Matthews more than 25 years.
"As Mayor of Matthews, I will continue to build upon the great things that we as a community have accomplished. I look forward to guiding us as we continue to retain and recruit businesses that will provide jobs and success for our citizens." - Mayor Jim Taylor
John F. Higdon is serving his second term on the Board of Commissioners. John graduated from South Mecklenburg High School and earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering from North Carolina State University. For the last 20 years, John has been employed by Matthews-headquartered Conbraco Industries where he currently serves as Vice President of Engineering and Quality Assurance. John and his wife Penny have two children, Summer and Jed. The Higdon family has resided in Matthews since 2001 and attends Matthews United Methodist Church. John has volunteered extensively in the community including at MARA, Boy Scouts, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, the Ashley Creek Homeowners Association, Mecklenburg County Floodplain Task Force and the Matthews Appearance and Tree and Economic Development Advisory Committees.
Chris Melton is a native Charlottean and is serving a second consecutive term on the Town's Board of Commissioners. Chris graduated from West Mecklenburg High School and attended Central Piedmont Community College. He has worked for more than 18 years as an electronic systems sales representative at SimplexGrinnell, receiving numerous awards for his service including the prestigious President's Award in 2004. Chris is also active in the Matthews community, serving his fourth term as president of the Brightmoor Homeowners Association and previous seats with the Matthews Planning Board and Matthews HELP Center Board. He has also served as president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, the Carolinas Association of General Contractors Advisory Council and is a current member of the Carolinas Electrical Contractors Association. Chris and his wife, Heather have two children, Hunter and Sarah.
Jeff Miller is a native of Chicago and has lived in Matthews for 16 years. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and was an executive chef in various large hotels in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Charlotte. He also speaks fluent Spanish. Jeff worked in management for 15 years at the Family Dollar Distribution Center in Matthews and is now the owner of Miller Time Property Management LLC. Prior to being elected to the Board of Commissioners, he was chairman of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. Jeff is currently serving his fifth term on the Town Board.
Larry Whitley is a native of Zebulon, North Carolina. He graduated from James E. Shepherd High School and earned a degree in art education from North Carolina A & T State University, later going through training for the North Carolina Highway Patrol and attending Columbia Bible College. He also holds two degrees from Bethlehem Bible College along with an honorary doctor of divinity and honorary doctor of humane letter degrees. After working for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol for 30 years, Larry retired in 2003. For the last 17 years he has served as pastor of Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Matthews. Larry and his wife Chris Latham Whitley have two daughters, Kashonda and Kristy, five granddaughters and one grandson. In his free time, Larry enjoys fishing, basketball, golf and outdoor cooking.
John R. Urban, AIA returns to serve his third term on the Board of Commissioners, having served from 2009-2013. John has been a Matthews resident for 18 years and works as a licensed architect and owner of Urban Architectural Group PA in Matthews. He is also active in the community serving currently on the boards of The Matthews Free Medical Clinic, The Matthews Historical Foundation, The Matthews Chamber of Commerce, and The QUAD - The Four Town Alliance of South Charlotte Communities. He also co-chairs The Red Brick Partnership for downtown Matthews and serves at Forest Hill Church. John and his wife, Terry have four daughters and two grandchildren.
John Ross, a native of New Jersey, has lived in Matthews for over 10 years. He has worked in the banking/financial services industry for over 20 years and works for US Bank as a Financial Crimes Risk Manager. He is active with the Mecklenburg Country Council of the Boy Scouts of America as a District Committee Member and the Camp Director for the Council's annual summer Cubscout Resident Camp. Previously he served as a Cubmaster, Troop Committee Member, Merit Badge Counselor & District Activities Committee Chair. He has served on the Town of Matthews Transportation Advisory Committee and as Vice Chair of the Hands On Charlotte Board of Directors. He is the former Vice President for the East Learning Community, Mecklenburg County PTA Council Executive Board. He and his wife Teri have six children - Aaron, Riley, Katy, Andrew, Sydney and Ian.
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