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Bill Peterson

Gary Holland
Senior Vice President, Executive Recruitment

Tel: 405-269-3445

Gary has been assisting local governments in recruiting city managers and other department head level positions since 2007. He joined SGR in 2013 having previously served for six years as Senior Vice President with the Mercer Group providing executive search and management consulting for local governments across the nation.

Prior to that, Gary served over seventeen years with the City of Kissimmee, Florida, as Assistant to the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and finally Deputy City Manager. During his tenure in Kissimmee, the community population increased from 25,000 to 60,000. Before his distinguished career in City Management, Gary served for ten years as a Local Government Specialist with Oklahoma State University focusing on technology transfer and community development. In that role, he participated with Public Technology Inc. in a three-year program as the technology transfer agent in a four-state region.

Gary was also a charter member of the County Government Training Program established by the Oklahoma Legislature to develop and present educational programs to elected county officials throughout the State. He has authored a wide variety of publications on local government topics and has presented at numerous state and national conferences on local government management topics with a particular emphasis on innovative technologies.

Gary holds a M.B.A. in Management and Finance from Oklahoma State University and a B.B.A. in Marketing and Management from the University of Oklahoma

Gary and his wife, Judy, have three sons and six grandchildren (all extremely cute and bright). Gary enjoys taking his yellow lab on early morning walks but always has a cell phone handy in case a city councilor calls with a question.