|Union, Ky. City Administrator Matt Dowling|
Having spent his entire career working in local government, one of Dowling's first jobs while in college was working summers for the City of Fort Thomas.
"This was when I set my career goal of being a city administrator," Dowling said.
There is something special about serving your community."
After graduating from University of Kentucky in 2008 and finishing graduate studies at Michigan State, Dowling was an administrator in Covington then an administrator with Sanitation District No. 1 (SD1).
"In Covington, I learned a lot about the internal operations of a city, and at SD1, I had the opportunity to work with every municipality in Northern Kentucky. It was great having both city government and utility/ development experience so early in my career, he said.
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I gained a lot of my experience as a mentee of other men involved in local government. Frank Warnock, Jay Fossett, Larry Klein, Dave Rager, Pat Crowley, Jeff Earlywine, Alex Mattingly and Matt Elberfeld all helped me along the way."
Born and raised in Fort Thomas, Dowling attended Johnson Elementary and graduated from Highlands in 2003 with his wife, Lexie.
Dowling said Fort Thomas was a great place to grow up.
"I can still remember all of the great activities as a kid growing up in Fort Thomas. I will never forget going to the football games on Friday night, swimming at the Fort Thomas Swim Club and playing football and baseball at Rossford Park, he said.
Highlands truly prepares you for the next step in life. Highlands and Fort Thomas are very special places. My wife and I are big supporters of the school district. I think our schools provide so much more than just the best education in the state. They foster a mindset of “learn and work to succeed” early on in a person’s life. This mindset is crucial to becoming a successful adult who understands the importance of contributing to a community. Fort Thomas and Highlands are so great because of the people who come together to create a real community, one that I am proud to be a part of."
|Matt and Lexie are excited to welcome their first child (second to their undisciplined but lovable dog, Watson) in January.|
"We feel that it is very important to actively participate in our community and give back as much as possible," Dowling said.
Matt is a member of the Fort Thomas Lions Club and the Campbell County Boys & Girls Club Board of Directors. He previously served on the Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky, the Highlands High School Alumni Association Board and the Steinford Toy Foundation Board.
Lexie, an attorney, works at The Huntington National Bank and is a member of the Charities Guild of Northern Kentucky, the Cincinnati Public Schools Pro Business Center and The Cincinnati Art Museum Emerging Leaders Council. She previously served on the Highlands High School Alumni Association Board as well.
As for the future, Dowling says he is looking forward to working with the Union City Mayor and Commission, as well as the residents of Union in order to grow together and benefit the entire city.
"I am really excited to be working in a beautiful and growing community in Union. Fort Thomas and Union are very similar in many ways and share many of the same great qualities, he added.
I think it is very important to listen to all of the different stakeholder's wants and needs in order to plan appropriately for the future. Union is one of the fastest growing cities in Kentucky, and I think my strong background in development, combined with my local government background makes this a perfect fit. It has been everything that I had hoped it would be. I have a great staff, and my elected officials are fantastic to work with as well."
Congratulations Matt and Lexie!