Mayor appoints Matt Golden as Chief of Public Services

April 29, 2021

Mayor Greg Fischer today announced Matt Golden as Louisville Metro’s new Chief of Public Services.

Golden will initially oversee Emergency Services, Corrections, and Louisville Fire, while transitioning from a legal advisor role with Louisville Metro Police Department. He’ll later take on additional Public Service agencies and responsibilities.

Golden retired from the Jefferson County Attorney’s Office in 2019, after a long career there, starting as an entry-level law clerk in 1995. He held nearly every role possible during his time with the office, serving as a trial court prosecutor, a DUI prosecutor, head of vice prosecution, civil litigation defense attorney, Tax Director, Civil Division Director and Second Assistant. At the time of his retirement, he held the office’s highest appointed position, as First Assistant.

He then moved into private practice as a partner with Daniels Associates LLP and, in addition, has served as interim General Counsel for the Transit Authority of River City, along with his advisor role with LMPD.

“Matt brings a wealth of institutional knowledge and experience in 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 for, and commitment to this city. I am humbled by this position of trust and the opportunity to again contribute to the city’s success.”

Golden will start on Monday, replacing Amy Hess, who is leaving to spend more time with her family. Hess was initially hired as Public Services director and in May 2020, Mayor Fischer asked her to oversee all the city’s Public Safety agencies. Golden’s hiring restores the Public Services structure in place before that.

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