Capitol Region Council of Governments (CRCOG) Welcomes Matt Hart as its New Executive Director


Hartford, CT, Dec. 21, 2021 – Today, the Capitol Region Council of Governments at a special meeting of its Policy Board appointed Matt Hart as their new Executive Director. Mr. Hart will bring extensive experience in municipal government and strategic leadership to the organization. 

“Matt Hart has been an effective, and well-known leader from municipal government from the Hartford area. We are excited to have him join CRCOG and look forward to his leadership in helping to advance regional programs that will benefit the residents of our region,” said Chairwoman Erin Stewart.  

Matt Hart currently serves as the Town Manager for the town of West Hartford. He has a Juris Doctor and Masters of Public Administration from the University of Connecticut as well as a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the State University of New York at Potsdam.  He is an International City and County Management Association Credentialed Manager.  

“After a comprehensive search, Matt Hart is by far the best candidate to serve as CRCOG’s Executive Director.  We are looking towards his strategic leadership and moving CRCOG and the region forward.” Jon Colman – Chair of the Ad-Hoc Search Committee 

“I am deeply honored to be nominated to serve as CRCOG’s next Executive Director. I look forward to joining the team and working with CRCOG’s Policy Board and staff to advance the organization’s strategic priorities and vision, particularly during this extraordinary time. I would also like to commend and thank my predecessor and colleague, Dr. Lyle Wray, for his many years of exemplary service to CRCOG. I am excited for the opportunity to build on Lyle’s legacy and to continue CRCOG’s great work in support of our member communities and region.” – Matt Hart, CRCOG’s Appointed Executive Director 

CRCOG’s Executive Committee also wishes to publicly thank Dr. Lyle W. Wray, the organization’s previous Executive Director, for his 18 years of service.  

Mr. Hart will begin his duties with CRCOG effective February 28. 


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