Administrative lawyer and city government administrator Larry McKenzie Dingle was born in rural Dillon, South Carolina on June 26, 1949 to Trumela Dingle and Montgomery McKenzie. He helped to desegregate the local high school in 1965. From there, Dingle attended Morehouse College to pursue his undergraduate education. Later, he attended Georgia State University, where he was awarded his B.A. degree in 1974, and his J.D. degree in 1987.
Dingle was a police officer for the City of Atlanta and then served from 1969 to 1990 as a department head and Clerk of Council. It is in this capacity that Dingle garnered the attention and support of then Mayors Maynard Jackson and Andrew Young. From 1990 to 1997, Dingle worked as a partner at the law firm of Peterson, Dillard, Young, Asselin and Powell. Dingle later became a partner at Wilson, Brock, and Irby, L.L.C., where he earned a great reputation for his representation of clients such as Sax Fifth Avenue.
Dingle served on the Board of Directors of Southeast Energy; the Bank of North Georgia; Central Fulton Senior Services; and Georgia State University’s Board of Visitors. Dingle was a member of the Georgia Bar Association for twenty years. In 1990, Dingle co-authored "Major Land Use Laws in Georgia," which was published by the National Business Institute, Inc. Dingle earned distinction in the City of Atlanta as a civil servant and attorney and was recognized nationally for his contributions to the practice of law.
Dingle resides in Atlanta, Georgia with his family.
Larry McKenzie Dingle was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on August 1, 2005.