Matthews recently welcomed new staff members Jim Boone, Blake Gardner, Jim King and Karla Thornhill.
Jim Boone has joined the town’s Public Works Department in the Building Maintenance Division. A native of Matthews, he has more than 20 years of experience in building maintenance, with the majority of that experience in apartment buildings. He is a member of the National Apartment Association and the Charlotte Apartment Association and he serves as an educational instructor for both associations. He has certifications in HVAC.
Boone and his wife, Kathy, have a son and one grandchild. He’s a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
Blake Gardner has joined the town as the payroll specialist/revenue collector.
A graduate of King’s College, where his degree was in accounting, he is a native of Monroe. Before joining Matthews he worked in the private sector including a position in accounting at American Product Distributors.
Gardner is a member of Lee Park Baptist Church and plays in a local soccer league.
Jim King joins the Planning and Development Department as a planner. He has 14 years of experience in planning and has previously worked for the towns of Mooresville and Cornelius and Mecklenburg and Iredell counties. His work experience also includes serving as the executive director of the Community Housing Development Corporation.
A native of North Carolina, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor’s in geography with a concentration in urban/rural planning. He is A.I.C.P. certified through the American Institute of Certified Planners and has completed the UNC-Chapel Hill Municipal Administration certification program. He is a certified zoning officer and is a member of the North Carolina Association of Planning Administrators and the North Carolina Association of Zoning Officers.
King and his wife, Kelly, have a son, Jamie, and a daughter, Katie. He is a member of Central United Methodist Church and volunteers with the Boy Scouts and other organizations where his children participate.
Karla Thornhill is the new recreation program manager for the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resource Department.
She has more than 20 years of parks and recreation experience and most recently worked with Mecklenburg County.
A native of Charlotte, Thornhill is a graduate of High Point University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education.