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New Assistant Town Manager and Community Services Director Selected

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022
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The Town of Hillsborough has selected Matt Efird to be the new assistant town manager and community services director. Efird will assume the responsibilities of Margaret Hauth, who plans to retire in early 2023.

“We are excited and fortunate to add a professional with such a wide range of experience in municipal government as our next assistant town manager and community services director,” Town Manager Eric Peterson said. “Matt’s combination of small and large local government experience is a good fit as Hillsborough deals with pressures from growth while focusing on maintaining our small town feel and historic charm.”

Efird is director of the Office of Management and Budget in Greenville, South Carolina. He will start in Hillsborough on Dec. 19, allowing him to work alongside Hauth and transition into her role before she retires.

“My wife and I are excited to have the opportunity to return to our family and friends in Orange County and raise our daughter here,” Efird said. “I am thrilled by the opportunity to live and work in Hillsborough, with the great history, outdoor recreation opportunities and welcoming atmosphere.”

Wealth of experience

Efird joined the City of Greenville in 2014 as a budget administrator. He served 15 months as the interim assistant city manager before becoming the management and budget director in 2020. In that role, he has served as Greenville’s chief financial officer responsible for budget, accounting, revenue, purchasing and risk management. Under his leadership, the office manages a $200 million-plus annual operating budget, $130 million-plus five-year capital improvement plan, and a AAA-rated debt portfolio and has achieved the Government Finance Officers Association’s Triple Crown for excellence in financial reporting for two successive years.

In addition to his financial role in Greenville, Efird has provided strategic leadership to several large-scale projects, including: development and execution of a $36 million neighborhood infrastructure bond program, creation of a sidewalk expansion program focused on low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, development of a 60-acre regional park, relocation of a public works campus, purchase and renovation of a public safety headquarters facility, and planning for a downtown conference center and city hall redevelopment.

“I am grateful for the chance to join a wonderful organization and work with the town manager, the Community Services Department and the rest of the Hillsborough team,” Efird said.

Efird previously worked for the Town of Carrboro, where he served as the assistant to the town manager and as the interim town manager. He also worked for the City of DeLand, Florida. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Stetson University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Central Florida. Efird is also a certified public finance officer, and he has served within several professional organizations.

“Matt’s experience matched up exceptionally well as he’s worked on many of the issues, initiatives, plans, and capital projects that our Community Services Department is currently working on,” Peterson said. “Budget, finance, human resources, public information, risk management, and safety are other areas where he brings significant experience that will be helpful to our organization.”