Nags Head hires new town manager

Nags Head Town Manager Michael Silverman

At their May 5, 2021 meeting, Nags Head’s Board of Commissioners appointed Michael C. Silverman as the new town manager.

The current city manager of Pascagoula, a city of 22,000 residents on Mississippi’s coast, Silverman, a North Carolina native, will assume his role on July 1, 2021. He is filling the position that will be vacated when Interim Town Manager Greg Sparks returns to his retirement June 5, 2021.

“Michael clearly has the leadership skills we were seeking,” said Nags Head Mayor Ben Cahoon. “He was chosen from among 63 applicants because of the passion he exhibited for his vocation and the level of professionalism he exhibited during his interviews. “In addition to managing a $23 million budget and 195 employees in Pascagoula, Michael also served as the Caro, Michigan city manager. His energy and enthusiastic approach to municipal management make him the ideal choice to lead our town. We’re looking forward to a long and successful partnership to continue our excellence in government service.”

Mayor Cahoon continued, “On behalf of the Board and the employees of the Town, I would also like to thank Greg Sparks for coming out of retirement and moving across the country to assist us over the last year.”

Developmental Associates of Chapel Hill assisted in the search to fill the manager vacancy.

“I am excited to take the helm of a town that lies on the beautiful Outer Banks and is in my home state, not to mention that it has a long history of efficient management and progressive thinking,” said Silverman. “I can’t wait to meet the community and get to know the Town’s employees so we can work together to carry out the vision established by Nags Head’s Board, ensuring that the town is the best community it can be.”

Silverman holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from UNC Wilmington and a Master of Public Administration from UNC Chapel Hill.

In addition to his municipal experience, Silverman has also worked with North Carolina legislators on critical issues such as economic development and criminal justice.

Silverman’s salary will be $150,000 plus benefits.

The Town of Nags Head is located on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, a chain of barrier islands approximately 90 miles south of Norfolk, Virginia. Incorporated in 1961, the Town operates under a Board of Commissioners-Town Manager form of government. This system combines the policy leadership of five elected officials with the administrative abilities of a town manager.

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