The three finalists were announced Monday night for the Greenville City Manager position. The position is filled temporarily by Deputy City Manager Nancy Whitworth.

The City of Greenville plans to fill the position by August.

Over 357 candidates were recruited for the position by Find Great People (FGP) from government and private sectors.

The top three finalists for the Greenville City Manager position are:

Dan Hoffman

Currently serving as the Assistant City Manager of Gainesville, Fla., Hoffman oversees 700 employees and manages $126M of the City’s operating budget. Hoffman has an extensive background leading smart city initiatives and addressing complex issues such as mobility and traffic abatement. Prior to joining the leadership team in Gainesville, Hoffman served as the first Chief Innovation Officer for Montgomery County, Md, where he managed innovation programs that included smart city initiatives, Internet of Things (IoT) projects, a business incubator and more. Hoffman holds a Master of Science in Organizational and Strategic Human Resources from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from George Washington University.

Jeff Jones

Jones is currently serving as the Deputy City Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Mesquite, Texas. Jones oversees 1,000 employees and a $90M operating budget. He is primarily responsible for nine service areas, including economic development, planning, parks and recreation, public works, public safety, human resources, the arts center and the Mesquite Metro Airport. Prior to his role with the City of Mesquite, Jones served as the Assistant City Manager of Hurst, Texas. Jones has 25 years of municipal government experience and holds a Master of Public Administration in City Management from Texas Tech University, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Sociology from Black Hills State University and a Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association.

John McDonough

McDonough is currently serving as the City Manager of Sandy Springs, Ga. He is responsible for oversight of the City’s 500 staff members and additional outside contractors, as well as its $463M operating, capital and special fund budgets. Prior to serving as Sandy Springs’ City Manager for the last 13 years, McDonough served as the City Manager of Beaufort. With over 27 years of municipal government leadership, McDonough has significant experience managing large, complex capital projects, building public-private partnerships and addressing challenges caused by exceptional growth. McDonough earned a Master of Public Affairs from Indiana University at South Bend and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from The Citadel.

“City Council is very pleased with the deep experience and talent of the City Manager candidates brought to us by our Greenville-based search team,” said Mayor Knox White. “All of them bring a proven record of accomplishment and superb people skills to the position. Additionally, all of them know what it means to provide leadership to a diverse community that wants to balance its growth with quality of life.”

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