City Manager Michael Peoples has named Quentin T. McPhatter as an assistant city manager, effective April 1. Since 2016, McPhatter has been employed by the Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia where he is currently the economic development and grants manager. In that position he spearheads economic development efforts and provides planning and land use expertise for cities and counties throughout the coastal Georgia region.
McPhatter has nearly 20 years of local government experience including 11 years in managerial positions. He served as town administrator for Green Level, North Carolina; interim city manager and deputy city manager for Kingsland, Georgia; and assistant county manager for Cumberland County, North Carolina.
As a member of the City of Gastonia’s management team, McPhatter will oversee Development Services, which includes the engineering, planning and building inspection divisions, and Economic Development.
“Quentin brings a wealth of city management experience as well as expertise in economic development and city planning and we’re pleased to be able to add his knowledge and background to our team,” Peoples said.
“I am honored to be selected for this opportunity to serve the City of Gastonia,” McPhatter said. “I am excited about returning to my native state and working with the Mayor, City Council, management team, staff and citizens of Gastonia. I look forward to becoming a part of the Gastonia community and playing an integral role in the development of the City’s bright and prosperous future.”
McPhatter is a native of Wagram, North Carolina, and graduated from Wake Forest University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication. He received his Master of Public Administration degree from North Carolina Central University, graduating with cum laude distinction. He also completed the UNC School of Government Municipal Administration course and the University of Georgia Certificate of Local Government Management program. He is an active member of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) where he achieved credentialed manager status.
In addition to his involvement in professional organizations, he has been active in the community through service on the trustee board and finance committee of Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church in Kingsland, Georgia, as well as through organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Methodist Boys Home for Children and Youth, and the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
McPhatter and his wife, Michele, a prosecuting attorney for Camden County, Georgia, are the parents of two daughters, Kendall, 12 and Krista, 8.