The City of Clarkston applied for and received a $50,000 grant from the Georgia Department of Transportation’s Roadside Enhancement and Beautification Council. The purpose of the REBC grants is to provide local governments with funds which may be utilized to offset the cost of landscaping and improving highway interchanges which serve as gateways to their Read More..
The Stone Mountain PATH Trail is one of the most heavily traveled routes on the PATH system of trails. The PATH Foundation, in conjunction with DeKalb County and the City of Clarkston is constructing a PATH extension along the CSX right-of-way along Church Street which will connect the current PATH on the East side of the City of Clarkston to the current PATH on the West side of I-285. This Read More..
The City of Clarkston became eligible to receive up to $4 million dollars in federal funds, administered through the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) in 2006. In 2011, the Clarkston City Council authorized staff to begin the process to acquire the matching funds required to make this project a reality.
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For several years, this 15.7 acre greenspace and wildlife sanctuary ½ mile from the Clarkston Town Center and along the major East-West corridor, East Ponce de Leon, remained underutilized and off-the-radar. Recognizing the tremendous potential of this well placed greenspace, the City, in 2015, held the first of three public meetings to receive community input, ultimately leading to the Read More..
Name: Keith Barker
Position Title: City Manager
Bio: Mr. Barker was appointed to serve as the City’s first City Manager after Clarkston converted to the Council Manager form of government in 2011.
Mr. Barker has an extensive public service background having held various administrative and executive management positions in city, county and state government agencies throughout his 38 year career.
Prior to joining the City of Clarkston, Mr. Barker has served as Chief Operating Officer for DeKalb Co. GA, Assistant County Manager for Dougherty Co. GA, Assistant City Manager for Decatur, GA and as a Public Service Faculty Member with the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.
While serving as City Manager, Mr. Barker has greatly improved and enhanced day-to-day operations of the city government by implementing sound fiscal and strategic management practices in collaboration with the governing body, residents and staff.
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). He is among a select group of local government managers internationally that have earned the designation of “Certified Local Government Manager.”
Mr. Barker holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Wichita State University and earned a Master’s degree in public administration from Albany State University.