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Greenville City Manager Resigns

Jun 07, 2023 04:52PM ● By David Dykes

Greenville City Manager John McDonough announced his resignation to Mayor Knox White and City Council members on June 7, 2023, after 31 years as a local government leader, the past four in Greenville. 

“I am confident the City of Greenville will continue to flourish under your leadership,” McDonough said. “I leave with a sense of fulfillment, knowing that our collective efforts have laid the foundation for a brighter future.”

City officials said McDonough is going to work for Centennial American Properties, a Greenville-based development company.

McDonough reflected on significant accomplishments during his tenure including:

  • The completion and successful opening of Unity Park.
  • Swamp Rabbit Trail Extension and crossings from downtown to Verdae Boulevard.
  • Organizational improvements including the Departments of Planning and Development, Communications and Engagement, and Engineering Services.
  • Adoption of a $36 million Neighborhood Infrastructure Bond program focused on road repaving, bridge repair, sidewalk construction and community center upgrades.
  • Development and adoption of an Economic Development Strategic Plan and launch of a national brand and marketing strategy surrounding entrepreneurs and innovation.
  • Acquisition, financing, and design of a new Public Safety headquarters for Police, Fire and Municipal Court.
  • Adoption of the GVL2040 Comprehensive Plan and the overhaul of the City’s Development Code.

“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the city’s exceptional staff,” McDonough said. “Their dedication, expertise and tireless efforts have been instrumental in making our city one of the finest in the country.”

White congratulated McDonough on his new journey saying, “All of us on City Council are grateful to have worked with a talented, devoted City Manager like John McDonough. His administrative skills and work ethic are unsurpassed." 

White added, "He embraces council’s priorities and gets the job done. I especially appreciate his innovation in the creation of the Neighborhood Infrastructure Bond and his leadership as we opened Unity Park. We are glad John and his family are staying in Greenville and wish him the best.” 

McDonough’s last day will be Aug. 11, 2023.