John McDonough brings more than 30 years of local government management experience to his role as the city manager of Greenville, S.C., a position he has held since 2019. He serves as the City’s chief executive officer and is responsible for executing City Council's priorities.
Economic development is of paramount importance to John, who prioritized the task of retooling the city’s economic development and business recruitment plan as one of his first projects.
John is a a strong advocate of government transparency, citizen involvement, and public-private partnerships. He is placing more emphasis on improving communications, focusing on our neighborhoods and better long-range planning.
Prior to being selected as Greenville’s city manager, he served as the city manager of Sandy Spring, Ga., the second largest city in the metro Atlanta area, and the city manager of Beaufort, S.C.
He is a retired colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and holds a bachelor’s degree from The Citadel and a master’s degree from Indiana University. He serves on the Greenville Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors.
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