Matt Zapp was appointed Town Manager effective June 2019. Before coming to Emerald Isle, Matt served nine years as Town Manager for the Town of Benson in Johnston County, North Carolina. Prior to Benson, he served five years as Village Administrator in Madison Village, Ohio. Matt began his public service career as the Parks, Recreation and Public Lands Superintendent along the freshwater coast of Lake Erie in Madison Township, Ohio. He has 16 years of local government experience.
Matt holds a Masters of Public Administration from UNCW with a Coastal Management Concentration. Additionally, he completed the Public Executive Leadership Academy (PELA) and Municipal County Administration (MCA) certification programs from the School of Government at UNC Chapel Hill.
He is married to Haley Zapp. Together, the couple has 6 children and remain quite active in the community.