Michael C. Silverman will begin as the Nags Head town manager effective July 1.
The Nags Head Board of Commissioners appointed the North Carolina native during its meeting May 5, subject to the contract terms discussed during closed session.
“Michael clearly has the leadership skills we were seeking,” said Nags Head Mayor Ben Cahoon in a statement.
“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,” Cahoon said. “In addition to managing a $23 million budget and 195 employees in Pascagoula, Mississippi, 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.”
Silverman is replacing Cliff Ogburn. Ogburn had been town manager since 2009 but left in July 2020 to become town manager in Southern Shores.
“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’s in history from University of North Carolina Wilmington and a master’s in public administration from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill.
In addition to his municipal experience, Silverman worked with North Carolina legislators on issues such as economic development and criminal justice.
Developmental Associates of Chapel Hill assisted in the search to fill the manager vacancy.