Ricky L. Clark, Jr. will participate on the Mens Empowerment Panel "Be The Captian of Your Success Failure is Not an Option but a Change of Course." He will also receive a honorary Men of Excellence Award was appointed by the Mayor and City Council as City Administrator to ensure the efficient day-to-day operations of the City. His current responsibilities include working closely with municipal departments and staff to ensure that policies and procedures are performed efficiently and economically, preparing the annual budget, promoting a positive image of the City, coordinating community relations and presenting his office as one with an “open door” attitude to the citizens and visitors of the City. A native of Griffin, Georgia, Ricky is no stranger to executive level governmental management. A graduate of the University of Georgia Carl Vinson Institute of Government, Ricky has worked in government since the age of 18. Ricky has served as Assistant to the County Manager of Spalding County, County Clerk & also similar roles in Fulton County. Only two years into his recent appointment for the City of Jonesboro, Ricky has made his mark!

During his tenure, Ricky has completely redesigned the City Website, created branding/marketing collateral for the City, overhauled old codes, policies & procedures to ensure efficient operations & has been the mastermind behind most of the great events you are seeing around the City of Jonesboro. In addition, Ricky kicked off quarterly business breakfasts in which all business owners within the City of Jonesboro are educated on the community, services and other relevant matters to ensure the growth of businesses. Ricky’s grant submittal to the Atlanta Regional Commission, resulted in an $80,000 Major Study to revitalize the central business district of Jonesboro. Ricky is also the Executive Director of the Jonesboro Downtown Development Authority. Ricky is a proud member of the Lake Spivey Rotary Club, National Forum of Black Public Administrators, Georgia’s Downtown Development Authority, International City/County Management Association, Georgia Local Government Personnel Association, Georgia Association of Business Tax Officials, House of Dawn Board of Directors & the Mosamo College Preparatory Academy Founding Board. Ricky also serves on various other committees & authorities. Ricky is the Minister of Music at the Faith United Methodist Church where he has served for over seven years. Throughout his career, Ricky has received several prestigious awards. Most recently, Ricky was awarded the 40 under 40 award from the Atlanta Business Chronicle. This award highlights those under the age of 40 that have made significant career achievements and have demonstrated social responsibility.

Ricky’s seven point plan as City Administrator is to serve the community and to support the City’s vision for:
• A clean and inviting community
• The infrastructure to sustain growth
• Increased community amenities and activities
• Vital public safety
• Capital projects illustrating development
• A strategy that effectively markets our community
• Planned growth while maintaining a rich historical integrity and community character.

Ricky’s motto and drive comes from the famous words of Colin Powell, “Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.” Ricky remarks that his mother always instilled in him that the philosophy of leadership is two-fold: Lead by Example and Take Care of Your Troops. He wholeheartedly believes that everyone is capable of being leaders – of your families, in your neighborhoods, at your workplace and you all have the capacity to serve others. Integrity, Vision, Courage, and Passion are leadership characteristics that motivate me daily, said Ricky.

The Atlanta Health Care Music Festival is proud to salute Mr. Clark