Andy Garman promoted to Town Manager of Nags Head

Nags Head Town Manager Andy Garman. [submitted]

The revolving door on the town manager’s office in Nags Head appears to have finally been closed, after town commissioners officially promoted Andy Garman to the position on Wednesday.

Garman, the town’s deputy manager since 2019, has served in the top spot on an interim basis since June. Greg Sparks previously worked as interim manager following the departure last year of Cliff Ogburn, who moved to the same role for the Town of Southern Shores.

The Nags Head Board of Commissioners originally tapped Michael Silverman, city manager of Pascagoula, Mississippi, for the job in May. Several weeks later, Silverman decided not to accept the position and remain in Mississippi.

“Andy has worked diligently over the years for our community, steadily increasing his responsibilities and proving to our board that he is the right person for the position,” said Nags Head Mayor Ben Cahoon. “He understands not only what makes our town special, but also the unique challenges we face. We’re excited to work with him to lead our town into the future.”

A long-time Nags Head resident, Garman begins his new position immediately.

A graduate of Radford University and Virginia Tech, where he received a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning, Garman started with Nags Head in 2002 as the Town’s planner, before serving as the Town of Duck’s director of community development for seven years.

In 2014, Garman returned to Nags Head as the deputy town manager/planning and development director. Garman has been a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) since 2000 and recently became a credentialed manager with the International City/County Management Association (ICMA-CM).

More from Garman:

“It’s been my privilege to live in Nags Head since 2003 and now it’s my honor to have the opportunity to be the town’s manager.

Nags Head enjoys the reputation of being a premier beach destination, but we’re more than that. We’re a unique, vibrant community with a long history of involved residents, forward-thinking elected officials, and talented employees.

Over the years, we’ve been at the forefront of tackling complex coastal issues. I will certainly work to continue that tradition.

I will also ensure that we are responsive to our residents, providing a high level of service and maintaining Nags Head’s great quality of life. It’s been rewarding to contribute to some of the Town’s recent accomplishments as part of the Nags Head team.

I am looking forward to serving in this new capacity and continuing to build on our successes together.”

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