The City of Watertown is pleased to announce the appointment of Matt Roby as City Attorney beginning December 18, 2017. Matt will follow predecessors Justin Goetz who left his position with the City on August 23, 2017 and Honorable Judge Vince Foley who has been serving as Acting City Attorney in the interim.
Son of Ann and the late Rick Roby, Matt is a Watertown native. He and his wife, Stefanie, have two children, Bennett (3) and Griffin (1), and a springer spaniel named Truman. In his free time, Matt enjoys golfing, hunting, reading, and spending time with family and friends. Matt sits on the boards for Habitat for Humanity, Friends of the Watertown Regional Library, and Lake Area Pet Pantry. He is a member of the Elks, and he and his family attend Immaculate Conception Church.
After graduating from Watertown High School in 2002, Matt earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, majoring in Accounting and Economics. Matt went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis.
Employment with the South Dakota Attorney General’s Office provided extensive legal research, analysis, and oral argument presentations to the South Dakota Supreme Court. Providing legal counsel to government officials and boards in this role along with the comprehensive experience gained leading a private practice will now benefit the City of Watertown.
Mayor Caron states she is “very excited to have found such a well-qualified, local candidate” and is looking forward to working with Matt. In addition, she has “appreciated every minute of Judge Foley’s wise and generous guidance during the interim period between attorneys”. Interim attorney, Vince Foley, added that he has appreciated “the opportunity presented to return to City Hall so soon after retiring as a Circuit Court Judge.” He can “unequivocally say that the City is on the right path with the leadership of the Mayor, and the engaged City Council. Together they have assembled a staff that truly serves in the best interests of the City.” Now, he looks forward to returning to his father’s practice and serving his clients.