McGuire began his career as a planner at ARC in 1973 before joining the Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget. Over the next 33 years, he held several positions in state government, including director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and director of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, before retiring as the director of administration in the office of Georgia’s Secretary of State.
During his career, McGuire also took leadership roles in the American Society of Public Administrators and the Conference of Minority Public Administrators. He also served on the regional boards of the Council on Battered Women, Georgia CHARLEE, Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, Georgians for Victims Justice and the Officer Drew Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund.
He earned his Masters of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University in 1973.