Mayor Matt Watkins was elected to the Pasco City Council in 2004, and was elected as Mayor by the Council in 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in social science from Washington State University and currently works as a software engineer for Lockheed Martin Information Technology in Richland, Washington. His term on the City Council expires on December 31, 2019.
Mayor Watkins’ grandparents settled in Eltopia during building of the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project farming asparagus and in Pasco with a downtown laundry service. Matt’s hobbies include competitive long-distance motorcycle riding, has toured the U.S. and Canada extensively, and has finished the "Iron Butt Rally" twice.