Frederick Gardiner is McDonough’s New City Manager
The City of McDonough has hired a new City Administrator who will assume that position on Monday, March 26. The new man taking the helm next week is Frederick Gardiner who will be leaving his position as Director of Planning and Development Services for the City of Griffin to assume this new position with the City of McDonough. His work history consists of more than 20 years’ experience in local government including the past seven and a half years with Griffin.
While serving in this capacity, Mr. Gardiner, who prefers to be called Fred, had a total of six different divisions of the Griffin city government under his directive. They included: the Griffin-Spalding Airport; Economic Development Services; Code Enforcement; Planning and Zoning Services; Tax and License Administration; and the Griffin Welcome Center.
McDonough’s new City Administrator has also worked for the City of Villa Rica, Georgia; Henry County, Georgia; the City of Decatur, Illinois; and internationally, with the Bahamas Telecommunication Corporation’s Development Division. He was born in Nassau, Bahamas, and when you talk with Mr. Gardiner, you can’t help but notice a delightful accent when he speaks.
Holding both a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Alabama A&M University, he has also received professional training through UGA’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government and is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Mr. Gardiner resides in Stockbridge and has lived in Henry County for the past 12 years. He is married to LaShawn Gardiner, and they have a twelve year old son, Devin, who attends Community Christian School and plays middle school football and soccer.
As for dad, he relaxes by playing a game of golf, tennis, shooting pool or simply reading. Whenever this Bahamas native is able to go home for a visit, he enjoys fishing, diving, and spare fishing.
Mr. Gardiner expressed his appreciation to the Mayor and Council during the March 19 Council meeting for this opportunity to work with the City of McDonough and is eager and excited to get to work in his new position.