The City has recently hired the former Hyattsville Mayor, Bill Gardiner as the Assistant City Manager. He will begin work on January 13, 2014.
The City Council decided to create the post of Assistant City manager and set aside salary for this new position in its 2014 budget. The City currently has a City manager, but the new position will help supplement the City manager’s work and some other administrative task.
Bill grew up in LaPlata, Maryland and attended Wake Forest University (B.A., Politics) and the University of Maryland (M.A., Urban Planning). He started his local government career as a planning / economic development intern for Terry Schum in the late 1990s! Bill has more than 10 years of experience in economic development at the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, where he was Director for Business Resource and Project Analysis. Bill was responsible for new business development, project management, research, and collaboration with M-NCPPC and the federal government.
In 2003, Bill was elected to the first of two four-year terms as Mayor of the City of Hyattsville. As chief executive of the City, he worked closely with City Council, staff, community organizations, and other government entities to modernize services and policies and increase investment. Bill has completed the MML Academy of Leadership, and has been a member of ICMA.
After completing his second term in 2011, Bill relocated to Santiago, Chile, where his wife, Anita, had accepted a faculty position in the School of Education of Catholic University. In Chile, Bill worked as a grant writer and editor for an international non-profit, and completed academic editing and translations for professors. Bill and Anita are looking forward to returning to the area.
We are excited to have Bill joining the City’s executive team. With all his experience he will be able to hit the ground running. We’ll formally welcome him at our Council meeting on January 14, 2014.