Carson appointed to vacant trustee seat

Matt Carson

WILLIAMSVILLE, NY (Jan. 6, 2022) – Williamsville Mayor Deb Rogers is appointing Matt Carson to serve as Village Board trustee, filling a vacancy created by the Jan. 2 resignation of former Deputy Mayor Matthew Etu.

Carson will serve in his new role during the Village Board’s next meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10. In the village, board vacancies are filled by appointment through the sole authority of the mayor.

“It is my great honor to appoint Matt Carson to the role of village trustee,” Rogers said. “Matt is intelligent, fair-minded and level-headed.  His common sense approach, coupled with his love for the Village of Williamsville, will make for an exemplary trustee.”

The incoming trustee most recently served as an alternate member of the village’s Planning Board and was also on the Tree Board.

“I’ve enjoyed my time serving on boards and think I have the proper leadership skills to take the next step,” he said. “I’m not a politician by any means – I am just an invested resident who has a good ear to listen and ideas of how to make the village thrive.”

Carson and his family moved into Williamsville in 2018, fulfilling a yearslong dream to reside in the community with a “small town-feel, charm, history and the ability to walk to schools, shops, parks and restaurants.”

“I really love our village and want it to be a great place for my three young children to be raised,” Carson said.

The treasurer of his local church, Carson is vice president of application development at Life Storage, where he has been employed for the past 18 years.

Carson said he will enter his trustee role “prayerfully, with humility, wisdom and love,” while relying on his volunteer and professional experience to further the village’s planned improvements.

“I love our park system and hope to continue the great transformations that have occurred,” Carson said. “I would like business to continue to move into the village and be supported and encouraged. I hope residents can be involved in change and help make decisions. I also want to be fiscally-minded by keeping spending and expenses low.”

His wife, Sarah, and their three children, love traveling and working in the garden.

Carson will serve in the appointed post through June. An election to fill the remaining year of the seat’s term will be held Tuesday, June 21.

His seat will be one of two board posts that will be on June’s ballot. The race will also include an election for the seat that is currently held by Trustee David Sherman.

For the elections, the two candidates with the top votes will earn one-year board terms that expire in June 2023.

Additionally, Rogers will be selecting Sherman to serve as deputy mayor, an appointment she expects to make official during the board’s Jan. 10 meeting.