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CivicMinded's founder and principal consultant resides in the Springfield, Missouri area where he and his wife, Katie, raise their three children.

Garrett is an alumnus of Missouri State University in his hometown of Springfield, MO where he studied political science, public administration, public policy and economics.  Garrett's higher education experience in public administration culminated with a Master of Public Administration degree in 2008.

From 2008 - 2020, Garrett was employed with the City of Republic, Missouri in a variety of capacities including Administrative Analyst, Principal Planner, and Community Development Director.  During his public service in Republic, he was fortunate to have the opportunity to experience local government administration during conditions that spanned the spectrum of economic and political climates. While employed at Republic, Garrett led efforts to successfully reform the organization's plan review and permitting programs, the development of an innovative comprehensive planning process, and the adoption of numerous regulatory reforms that increased opportunity for economic development  while successfully pursuing the public's interests in public safety and economic development.

While serving as the Community Development Director, Garrett represented the Republic community on a variety of local and regional boards and committees, including the Springfield Regional Economic Partnership, the Ozarks Transportation Organization, the Missouri Economic Development Council, the Republic Area Chamber of Commerce, and others.

Garrett has also served as an adjunct faculty member at Missouri State University where he taught American Citizenship and Democracy and is currently developing graduate course curriculum in Economic Development for State and Local Governments.

In 2020, Garrett left the City of Republic to pursue his passion of changing the way people see government and enhancing public administrators' ability to successfully and meaningfully interact with the communities they serve. That passion and purpose is what led to the commitment and dedication to be CivicMinded.