New mayor takes reigns in Matthews

download James (Jim) P. Taylor was sworn in as the 17th Mayor of Matthews Monday night. Taylor replaces R. Lee Myers who served as the Mayor of Matthews for 18 years.

Jim Taylor served on the Matthews Town Board for five terms having been elected in 1999. He is active in the community as a board member of the Matthews HELP Center and the Matthews Volunteer Fire Department Board of Directors as treasurer and secretary. Throughout his ten years as a Town Board member he served on a number of committees and boards in the Town and region.

A native of Miami, Florida, Mayor Taylor is a graduate of the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in economics. His professional career is in finance. He worked for Bank of America and currently works as Vice President of Finance in the Commercial Banking Segment of Wells Fargo.

He and his wife, Joselyn, have two children, Breanna and Brandon. They have lived in Matthews for 20 years.

“As Mayor of Matthews I will continue to build upon the great things that we as a community have accomplished during my ten years on the Town Board. While these economic times are challenging there is much to be done in order to ensure our future success. I look forward to guiding us as we continue to retain and recruit businesses that will provide jobs and success for our citizens,” commented Mayor Jim Taylor.

Paul Bailey and John Urban were also sworn in Monday as board members.

Paul Bailey has been a resident of Mecklenburg County for 31 years and has lived in Matthews for 26 years. He previously served as a member of the Matthews Town Council for 14 years. During that time Paul served as Mayor Pro-Tem for two years, as the alternate for Matthews to the Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization (MUMPO), and the Matthews appointee on the Mecklenburg County Planning Liaison Committee.

He is currently the representative on the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Commission for the Southern Towns. Bailey has most recently served as Chairman of the Matthews Mayors Task Force on the Regional Sportsplex, a facility that is expected to provide ten playing fields and a stadium for field sports events for Mecklenburg County.  Paul and his wife of 31 years, Sherrie, attend St. John’s Episcopal Church. They have been active with the Boy Scouts in Mecklenburg County, and enjoy spending time with their children and grandson.

He works for Duke Energy Corporation and holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from N.C. State University and a M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of South Carolina. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in N.C. and S.C.

John Urban has been a resident of Matthews for 12 years. He is a graduate of UNCC with a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in architecture. He is the principal of the Urban Architectural Group, PA located in Matthews. A licensed architect in ten states, John is a member of the American Institute of Architects and was recently accredited, LEED AP, by the US Green Building Council for the design and construction of sustainable buildings.

He has been active in the Matthews Community serving as chair of the Appearance and Tree Advisory Board, and as a member of the Matthews Historical Foundation Board, Matthews Health Clinic Board, Economic Development Advisory Committee and the Unified Development Ordinance Taskforce.

Returning to the Town Board and also sworn in on Monday night were:

Suzanne Gulley
Nancy LaFond
Jeff Miller
Kress Query

This is Suzanne’s 4th term on the Town Board. She is a native of Matthews and is married to State Representative Jim Gulley. She founded “The Matthews Record” newspaper. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a degree in political science. She and Jim have two children and four grandchildren.

Nancy LaFond has lived in Matthews for 13 years and this is her second term on the Matthews Town Board. She works as a paralegal. She has been active on various committees and boards in the community including the Mecklenburg County Therapeutic Recreation Advisory Committee. She has two sons.

Jeff Miller is a native of Chicago and has lived in Matthews for ten years. This is his second term on the Town Board. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has worked as an executive chef. He is currently employed at the Family Dollar Distribution Center as Area Manager in Inventory Control. He has also been active in the community serving on various boards and committees.

Kress Query has served the Town of Matthews as a Town Board member and former Mayor of Matthews for over 20 years. A native of Matthews, Kress graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with an associate degree in mechanical engineering. He is President of ABT Metals.

Kress has been involved in the community serving as President of the Matthews Volunteer Fire Department, President of the Matthews Elementary School PTA, President and Charter Member of the Matthews Historical Foundation and Matthews United Methodist Church Kindergarten. He and his wife, have three children and four grandchildren.

Additionally, outgoing Council Member Bill Dixon was recognized for his service to the board at the meeting. Dixon decided not to run for reelection.

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