Greenville names John McDonough city manager

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John McDonough. Photo by City of Sandy Springs.

Greenville’s City Council has appointed John McDonough as city manager.

McDonough will start the position Aug. 12 — about a year after the previous city manager, John Castile, left the post.

A resolution to appoint McDonough was adopted by city council members on June 17.

“City Council finds that Mr. McDonough possesses the requisite qualifications to serve as City Manager, has attributes that will quickly earn and command the respect of employees who will be subject to his supervision, and will no doubt earn the confidence of the leaders of Greenville’s business and non-profit communities,” City Council’s resolution said.

His contract includes a salary of $260,000, a car allowance of $1,000 each month, and a wireless device allowance of $120 each month. The city has also agreed to contribute equal to 10% of his salary to his retirement.

The city voted to enter negotiations with McDonough for the position on June 3 after narrowing the candidates down to three finalists.

McDonough has been city manager of Sandy Springs for the last 13 years. He oversees 500 employees and contractors as well as the city’s $463 million operating budget. Prior to Sandy Springs, he served as the city manager of Beaufort.

He has a master of public affairs from Indiana University at South Bend and a bachelor of arts in political science from The Citadel.

McDonough said Greenville has a great reputation and holds personal interest because he has family in the area.

“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 a released statement.

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