by Lorie Lewis Ham
A few years ago, KRL did a series of interviews with various members of the Reedley City Council and we decided it was time to do that again. We are starting off with a relatively new member, Matthew Tuttle.
KRL: You name and how long have you been on the City Council?
Matthew: I have been on the City Council for one year.
KRL: Are you originally from Reedley, if not how, when and why did you end up here?
Matthew: I was born at the Reedley Hospital in 1980 and lived here most of my life. I went to Washington School, Riverview, Grant, Reedley High School, and Reedley College. I moved away a couple times as an adult only to return each time. The last time I knew I belonged here and set down my roots.
KRL: Why did you want to be on the City Council?
Matthew: I decided to be on the Council to help represent business people, and to be a good steward for the city.
KRL: What is your occupation?
Matthew: I joined the US Army immediately following the 9/11 attack and now I am a Reedley small business owner and help the health and wellness of our community through my gym, Gnardog CrossFit.
KRL: What are your duties as a Council member and your goals?
Matthew: I am happy to help put into focus the importance of health and wellness of our community especially now w/ the issues of a global health pandemic. Recently, I am partnered w/ our local gyms, Fitness Quest & Xcelerate Fitness in participating in the Greater Reedley Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural Reedley Health & Fitness Expo that took place the weekend of April 1, 2, & 3.
I am extremely happy and proud of the City of Reedley Military Banner Program. This is our 2nd year. The banners highlight local Military Veterans in hanging a banner w/ their picture and some military information about them from Memorial Day in May to Veteran’s Day in November. We had over 80 participate last year!
Goals I have for our town is to continue to bring in quality business, housing, and community service activities.