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Office of the City Manager

Photo of City Manager John CastileCity Manager John Castile has served as City Manager of the city of Greenville since July 2010. As chief executive officer for the City, the City Manager is responsible for implementing policies approved by City Council, presenting the annual budget, overseeing capital improvement programs and establishing the agenda for City Council meetings. The City Manager is also responsible for the hiring and supervision of city employees and for the day-to-day management of the City. The City Manager is charged with maintaining effective and positive relationships with public and private agencies and organizations that affect the City’s interest. The City Manager is appointed and held accountable by City Council.

Originally from Columbia, South Carolina, Castile joined the city of Greenville in 1995 and in 2006 was named Deputy City Manager, serving in that position until his appointment as City Manager. Castile is a 1988 graduate of Furman University with a B.A. in Political Science and a 2006 graduate of Walden University with a Masters in Public Administration. He is a member of Leadership Greenville Class 31, The Riley Institute Diversity Leadership 2006 Upstate Class V, and Liberty Fellowship Class 2012.

Castile’s community involvement has included Greenville Arena District Board, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System Board, LiveWell Greenville Advisory Board, Rotary Club of Greenville, 100 Black Men of Greenville Board, Greenville County Schools Shining Star Teacher Recruitment Initiative, Main Street Events Board, Greenville Urban League Board, Bridges to Augusta Board and Leadership Greenville Board of Regents.

Form of Government

The city of Greenville was originally incorporated in the year 1831 and was known at that time as the village of Greenville. In the year 1869, the charter was amended by the South Carolina General Assembly to amend the official name to the city of Greenville. On February 14, 1907, the city of Greenville surrendered its charter to the South Carolina General Assembly and was reincorporated. On August 10, 1976, the city of Greenville adopted the Council-Manager form of government pursuant to the Home Rule Act of 1975, and a Certificate of Incorporation was issued by the Secretary of State on August 11, 1976.

Municipalities under the council-manager form of government have a mayor and four, six or eight councilmembers. The Mayor presides over meetings (by tradition), calls special meetings, designates a temporary judge and acts and votes as a member of City Council. The City Council has all legislative and policy powers; employs a manager, attorney, and judge; elects the Mayor Pro Tempore and Vice Mayor Pro Tempore; establishes departments and functions; and adopts a balanced budget. Also, the City Council authorizes bond issues, investigates departments, adopts plats and the official map, provides for an annual audit, exercises general police powers, appoints boards and commissions with advice of the City Manager, appoints a temporary City Manager (if necessary), and may require surety bonds. Although the Mayor and City Council members devote a great deal of time to guiding the City, they are not full-time employees.

The City Manager is the chief executive and head of the administrative branch who appoints, sets salaries and removes employees at will; prepares and administers the annual budget; makes financial reports; advises City Council on departments and appointments; and designates a temporary City Manager during temporary absences. The City Manager is responsible for implementing policies approved by City Council, overseeing capital improvement programs, and setting agendas for City Council formal meetings and work sessions. The City Manager is appointed and held accountable by City Council.

City Manager Historical Archive
Years of Service Name
July 1, 2010 to present John Castile
February 16, 2004 - June 30, 2010 James M. Bourey
June 27, 2003 - February 15, 2004 Ronald W. McKinney, Interim 1
June 24, 2003 - June 27, 2003 John Castile, Acting City Manager 2
November 6, 2000 - June 24, 2003 Charles R. Oliver
January 19 , 2000 - November 6, 2000 Ronald W. McKinney, Interim
December 1, 1998 - January 3, 2000 Stephen T. Thompson
December 13, 1999 - January 15, 2000 David M. Bridges, Police Chief, Acting City Manager
January 26, 1998 - November 30, 1998 Lee A. Dumbauld, Interim
December 16, 1991- January 12, 1998 Aubrey V. Watts, Jr.
October 18, 1971 - December 1991 John J. Dullea
May 4, 1970 - August 15, 1971 Walter J. Brown
April 1, 1967 - April 30, 1970 Aaron Marsh
July 20, 1966 - March 30, 1967 George E. Richardson, Jr. 3
October 9, 1951 - July 19, 1966 Gerald W. Shaw

1 June 27, 2003 - Ron McKinney was re-appointed Interim City Manager.

2 June 24, 2003 - John Castile was Acting City Manager, June 24-27, 2003. Mr. Oliver appointed him during his absence.

3After the death of Gerald W. Shaw, July 19, 1966, George E. Richardson, Jr. was Acting City Manager & Chairman of the Personnel Committee to take applications for City Manager position


John Castile
City Manager


206 S. Main Street
10th Floor
Greenville, SC 29601
Telephone: 864-467-5700
Facsimile: 864-467-5725