As Mayor of Bartlett for 16 years, Mayor McDonald has gained the support of many residents and businesses who have achieved success in our community. His priorities for the future include business, education, safety, health and neighborhoods.
Key accomplishments under his leadership include:
Providing the best education for learners of all ages.
Led the formation and funding of Bartlett City Schools, one of 12 state school districts to receive the Department of Education’s highest recognition of Exemplary District
Funded the $60 million renovation of Bartlett High School
Worked with the Tennessee General Assembly and Tennessee Board of Regents to bring Tennessee College of Applied Technology’s 48k-sq-ft satellite campus to Bartlett
Started the Mayor’s Youth Council to study and solve problems facing today’s youth
Started Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center Youth Theatre programs
Serves on the State Basic Education Program Committee to distribute education dollars to Tennessee schools
Attracting and retaining business that provides good jobs.
- New industry development and expansion including Brim's Snack Foods, Olympus Surgical Technologies and Titan Medical Manufacturing
- New retail business including LA Fitness, Chick-fil-A, Krispy Kreme and AutoZone
Maintaining public safety and peace.
- Added 42 police officers since 2003 for a total of 126 officers
- Started BPD Crime Suppression Unit and Traffic Unit, including 4 motorcycle units and added an 8th Patrol district.
- Added Fire Station #5. Started ambulance service from all city fire stations
- Built BFD training facility and administration facility
- Improved radio system for public safety dispatch
Increasing access to health & fitness.
- Saint Francis Hospital Bartlett opening and expansion
- New wastewater treatment center
- Bartlett Senior Center renovation and expansion
- New senior living and special care facilities including Hearthside Senior Living, Robinwood Retirement Community and Quail Ridge Alzheimer's Special Care Center
- Handicap accessibility in city parks and facilities
- New Splash Pad water park at Bartlett Recreation Center
- Family Assistance Commission assisting Bartlett citizens in need of health, safety, and general welfare services.
- Acquisition of Nesbit Park (300 acres) and 6 other parks from Shelby County
- Funding and development of Freeman Park (54 acres), including multipurpose fields, disc golf course, parking lots, pavilion and restrooms
- Construction of Fletcher Creek Greenway linking Santa Valley trail head with the Brunswick neighborhood
Improving and enhancing our neighborhoods.
- Built a new Bartlett Branch Library, double the size of the old Bartlett branch
Established Bartlett Station Historic District
- Invested $21.7 million in street resurfacing
- Named a Tree City USA community by the Arbor Day Foundation for excellence in urban forestry
- Strengthen Bartlett City Beautiful Commission’s role in beatifying community spaces
- Annexed and revitalized Horton Acres subdivision
- Increased home values and home building permits
- Built Veterans Park and Memorial honoring Bartlett’s Congressional Medal of Honor winners and other military service members
- Expanded the Greater Bartlett Council of Neighborhoods and the Neighborhood Watch program
- Initiated 150 year sesquicentennial celebration and events