Greenwood city manager Charlie Barrineau stands recently on Maxwell Avenue. Barrineau made the city center masterplan one of his focal points.
(MADDY JONES | INDEX-JOURNAL)
Some people seem destined for the career they ultimately pursue. Charlie Barrineau is one of those people.
Barrineau is Greenwood’s city manager. The Greenville native has been with the City of Greenwood for 14 years. He was an assistant city manager from 2000-09 and has been the city manager since September 2009.
During a recent interview, Barrineau gazed out the window of his second-floor Municipal Building office and remembered back to his childhood.
He said, even at a very young age, he was interested in municipal work.
“I can vaguely remember it, but my mom tells this all the time,” Barrineau said. “When I was 3 or 4 years old, the trash truck would come by and pick up the garbage. I would tell my parents that if I could be the guy that rode on the back of the trash truck, that would be cool. True story, that literally is the first job that I wanted.”
Of course, Barrineau later went into municipal work, though it was at the administrative level. He studied political science at Presbyterian College, then got his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Georgia.
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