City Councilman and Board Trustee
Matt is currently serving in his second term as a city councilman for Farr West City. During his first term he was selected by the Council to represent Farr West City as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Weber Fire District where he currently serves in his second year as the board's Vice-Chairman. He is heavily involved in collaborating and forming policy decisions regarding public safety, land use, ordinances, and personnel. Between Farr West City and Weber Fire District Matt takes an active role in responsibly budgeting nearly $17 million annually.
Prior to being elected to the Farr West City Council Matt served on the Planning Commission where he exemplified his ability to be an ardent defender of an individual's property rights. As a councilman he was responsible for the creation of a re-development agency budget for Farr West City. The goal of this budget is to spur and incentivize commercial and mixed use development for the purpose of creating affordable housing, and increasing sales tax revenue thereby reducing the city's reliance on property taxes for municipal funding.
The Utah state legislature needs experienced law enforcement officers among its ranks when debating and voting on public safety policy. Public safety is the largest consumer of municipal budgets and public safety legislation, next to education, is a priority of the state legislative bodies. The problem is that decisions made at the state level, while well-intended, can have a negative impact on local police and fire agencies. Matt has nearly 20 years of law enforcement experience and will use that experience in debating and voting for common-sense public safety solutions. Legislators may think they have an idea about the realities that confront public safety officials and the communities they serve. Very few, if any, have responded to or have taken a role in managing or working a critical incident. Matt actually knows and has responded to the challenges that municipalities confront regarding outcomes of public safety policy created by the state. His experience on the Weber Fire District Board of Trustees provides him with the knowledge of the challenges facing the fire service as well. There is not a more well rounded public safety experienced candidate for Capitol Hill on the ballot than Matt Gwynn.
Matt is a patrol sergeant with the Roy City Police Department where he leads a crew of four officers handling calls for service and provides administrative support. Prior to working at Roy City, Matt served as a corrections officer with the Weber County Sheriff's Office. Matt has also served in a variety of other law enforcement positions: detective, school resource officer, and currently he is also the Roy Police department's lead public information officer (PIO) managing a team of four PIO's. This role is essential in ensuring the right information gets provided at the right time to the right people so they can make the right decisions during a critical incident.
As a detective Matt was responsible for the investigation of sexual abuse cases for both adult and juvenile victims. He was also a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force where he worked with local, state, and federal agencies investigating crimes of online enticement of children to include the manufacturing, distribution, and possession of child pornography. He was also recognized
As a detective Matt was responsible for the investigation of sexual abuse cases for both adult and juvenile victims. He was also a member of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force where he worked with local, state, and federal agencies investigating crimes of online enticement of children to include the manufacturing, distribution, and possession of child pornography. He was also recognized by the United States Attorney General's Office for the District of Utah for his work on the task force. Matt took great pride in the success of the task force and made several arrests resulting in the imprisonment of those who prey on children.
by the United States Attorney General's Office for the District of Utah for his work on the task force. Matt took great pride in the success of the task force and made several arrests resulting in the imprisonment of those who prey on children
Using his GI Bill Matt attended Weber State University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and completed a minor in history. His senior thesis was awarded "Best Senior Thesis" for the political science department. Matt's thesis analyzed the state and federal spending in the west and ranked states, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico according to their reliance on state funding versus federal funding. At the time Utah was second out of four states on its reliance for federal funding. He returned to the classroom and completed a Master's in Public Policy and Administration at Northwestern University.
After completing graduate school Matthew was invited back to Weber State University where he now serves as a member of the adjunct faculty in the political science department. He teaches two introductory courses: Introduction to American Government and Introduction to Public Administration.
Immediately upon graduating high school Matt entered military service. He joined the United States Marine Corps and served as an infantryman and security forces member. He reached the rank of Corporal and received an Honorable Discharge.
After returning home to Utah he realized he wanted to continue to serve in the military, but be closer to home. He re-enlisted in the United States Air Force Reserve and was a member of the 419th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron. During this time we experience the attacks of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and learned of the heroic events of the brave passengers on United Flight 93. Matt was returned to active duty and deployed in support of operations "Noble Eagle," "Enduring Freedom," and "Southern Watch." Matthew achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant and after his Honorable Discharge from the USAF he decided to place a greater emphasis on his law enforcement career and continuing his education.
Matt has served in multiple capacities for several years in the Republican Party. He has served as a Precinct Chairman, County Delegate, State Delegate, and as the Secretary of the Weber County Republican Party. Currently, he serves as a Co-Adviser for the Weber State University College Republicans. This group of young conservatives is excited, passionate, outgoing, and are genuinely concerned that conservative voices and principles are being incrementally eroded. He is confident that as the party moves forward and political challenges evolve these younger folks will competently take the helm of the Republican Party.
Matt and his wife Shelly, have been married for 19 years. They have four children: Taylor, Alexis, Ashlyn, and Jadyn. The family enjoys all things outdoors, camping, shooting, and sports. Taylor lives in Houston and works as a photographer and in-home damage recovery and restoration. Alex is on the Fremont High School cheer squad, Ashlyn is a Striker for the La Roca Soccer Club, and Jadyn loves animals, riding her scooter, and enjoys playing Minecraft. Shelly works for a local title company in their production department and is on the softball fields in the spring and fall. In Matthew's downtime, he can be found reading the biographies of historical figures or at a local model airport flying radio controlled planes.