Mayor appoints Matt Golden as head of public services

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced Matt Golden as the new chief utility officer for Metro Louisville.

Golden will initially oversee Louisville’s emergency services, corrections and fire departments, while transitioning from a role as legal counsel to the Louisville Metro Police Department. He would later take on other public service agencies and responsibilities.

Golden retired from the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office in 2019, after a long career there, beginning as a junior law clerk in 1995. He held almost every role possible during his time in the office, serving as a prosecutor of the trial court, a DUI attorney, chief prosecutor, civil litigation defense attorney, tax director, director of the civil division and second deputy. At the time of his retirement, he held the highest position in the office, that of first assistant.

He then moved into private practice as an associate at Daniels Associates LLP and, in addition, served as Acting General Counsel for the River City Transit Authority alongside his advisory role to LMPD.

“Matt brings a wealth of institutional knowledge and experience dealing with Louisville Metro issues and departments, and of course, has extensive legal expertise, which will be extremely beneficial,” Mayor Fischer said. “I have always admired his passion for public service. He will be a great addition to our team. »

Golden thanked Mayor Fischer for the opportunity to return to public service, noting, “I share the mayor’s love and commitment to this city. I am honored by this position of trust and the opportunity to once again contribute to the success of the city.

Golden will start on Monday, replacing Amy Hess, who is leaving to spend more time with her family. Hess was first hired as Director of Public Services and in May 2020, Mayor Fischer asked her to oversee all public safety agencies in the city. Hiring Golden restores the utility structure in place before that.