Sandy Springs City Manager John McDonough

John McDonough, the city manager of Sandy Springs, has reached an agreement to serve in a similar role for the city of Greenville, South Carolina.

McDonough’s appointment was confirmed by the Greenville City Council June 17, Sandy Springs spokesperson Sharon Kraun said. His last day with Sandy Springs will be Aug. 2, Kraun said.

McDonough did not immediately return a request for comment.

Greenville entered into negotiations with McDonough after announcing him as its top pick out of three finalists June 3.

McDonough has been the city manager since Sandy Springs’ founding in 2005.

“We are very disappointed to lose John, the only city manager the city has had,” Mayor Rusty Paul said in a written statement through a spokesperson. “We wish him well going forward. We are thankful for the tremendous role he played in everything from setting up the city after incorporation, to the oversight he provided during City Springs’s planning, construction and opening, to his focus on making our community better every day he came to work.”

McDonough previously said the Greenville job would allow him to be closer to family and that he was contacted by the city about the position. Paul said that McDonough “was very upfront about his interest in the Greenville position due to family connections in the area.”

This story has been updated with more information and comment from Mayor Rusty Paul.

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