Mr. Keith Barker was appointed as the first City Manager for Clarkston in May 2011.
Mr. Barker has held management positions in local and state government and higher education having worked in those fields for over 32 years.
While serving as City Manager, Mr. Barker has greatly improved day-to-day operations of the city government by implementing sound fiscal and strategic management practices in collaboration with the governing body, citizens and staff.
As an administrator with a passion for public service, democratic governance and leadership development, Mr. Barker has provided training and consultative services to elected and appointed government officials locally and nationally. He has developed and managed leadership development and certification programs for several local and state government professional associations. He is the author of two chapters in the International City/County Management’s Association’s, (ICMA) best-selling publication, Effective Supervisory Practices, 2005; “Developing and Maintaining Discipline” and “Resolving Employee Complaints and Grievances”. Mr. Barker has also worked internationally having served as guest lecturer, on behalf of The International Center for Democratic Governance, at the National School for Administration, Benin, Africa, prior to that nation’s first centralized local government elections. He has also taught “Strategic Planning for Public Organizations” at the Beijing Administration College in Beijing, China and the Qinghai Provence Administration Institute in Xining, China.
Mr. Barker is a member of numerous professional organizations, including the International City/County Managers Association (ICMA), the Georgia City/County Managers Association (GCCMA), and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, (NFBPA).
Mr. Barker earned a Master’s degree in public administration from Albany State University and has earned the Credentialed Manager, (ICMA-CM) designation from ICMA.