Mayor Gardner was well seasoned in public service. As soon as the land patent for St. George was secured, Mayor Gardner issued Mayor’s deeds to each property holder in the city. He served as Bishop of the 4th Ward, also of the Pinto, Hebron, Hamblin and Pine Valley combined Ward. He directed the United Order and was Bishop of Price-Heberville. He fathered 37 children. He was First Counselor to Joseph W. Young in the St. George Stake.