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Council approves McDonough for city manager

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John McDonough has been named Greenville city manager. His first day in the post is Aug. 12.

McDonough is coming to Greenville from Sandy Springs, Ga., where he served as that city’s first manager. In Sandy Springs he developed the operational framework for the newly formed city and helped to structure the agency, develop policies and procedures and create long-term strategic plans, according to a news release.

John McDonough“John is an inclusive and collaborative leader and a highly effective communicator who is well respected by elected officials, city staff and the community he serves,” Mayor Knox White said in the release. “We are confident that John’s experience and success in Sandy Springs and the Atlanta metro area will enable him to be immediately impactful as he helps lead Greenville into its next chapter.”  

In Sandy Springs, McDonough has been responsible for oversight of the city’s 500 staff members and additional outside contractors, as well as the city’s $463 million operating, capital and special fund budgets.

McDonough helped establish a 24/7 Citizen Response Center, a state-of-the-art Traffic Management Center, the Chattahoochee River E-911 Communications Center and the North Fulton Regional Radio Authority, the release said.

“Greenville’s growth and standing as a desired destination for business and tourism is something we noted in Sandy Springs as we developed our City Springs project. I am excited by the tremendous potential and the city’s past success and look forward to working with the staff to continue to move forward the priorities of the council and community,” McDonough said in the release.

Prior to becoming the city manager for the city of Sandy Springs, McDonough served as the city manager for Beaufort from 1999 to 2006.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The Citadel and a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University at South Bend. He served on both active duty and in the reserves in the United States Marine Corps from 1986 to 2012, achieving the rank of colonel.

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