Assistant City Manager
Bill Gardiner 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.
Bill was elected Mayor of the City of Hyattsville and served for eight years. 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 Maryland Municipal League Academy of Leadership, and is a member of the International City/County Manager Association.
Prior to joining the City of College Park, Bill and his wife, were in Santiago, Chile, where his wife 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. He is very pleased to return to this area and have the opportunity to work with the City of College Park.