New Nags Head Manager ‘withdraws’ from job

By on May 19, 2021

Michael C. Silverman

(Town of Nags Head)

This statement has just been issued by the town of Nags Head.

Nags Head’s Board of Commissioners was notified today that Michael C. Silverman has withdrawn from his appointment as the municipality’s town manager, which he was due to begin July 1.

In an email written to Nags Head Mayor Ben Cahoon, Silverman said, “I believe that I am not a good fit for your community.”

“We are deeply disappointed by this turn of events,” said Cahoon. “However, once Interim Town Manager Greg Sparks’ term ends May 31, Deputy Town Manager Andy Garman will serve as our interim town manager.”

Sparks assumed the position of Interim Town Manager after long-time Town Manager Cliff Ogburn left in 2020.

Silverman, the city manager of Pascagoula, MS, was appointed to the position by Nags Head’s Board at their May 5, 2021 meeting after a search process assisted by Developmental Associates of Chapel Hill.

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  • David Smith

    Sounds like they made him a better offer. His comments in his email are in stark contrast to what he said when he accepted the job. Sounds like the search organization missed something.

    Wednesday, May 19 @ 7:57 pm
  • Runnerguy

    “Not a good fit for your community” ?

    Wednesday, May 19 @ 9:11 pm
  • Stevejo

    Why is the town of Nags Head not hiring from within? If there are no qualified people who currently work for Nags Head, that means the former manger failed in his job to mentor a suitable candidate to take the position.

    Wednesday, May 19 @ 9:48 pm
  • Liz Crenshaw

    Sounds like a real meanie!

    Thursday, May 20 @ 12:30 am
  • Sean

    We will be better off without him!

    Thursday, May 20 @ 6:37 am
  • sandflea

    I don’t know if “I’m not a good fit for your community” says more about him or Nags Head.

    Thursday, May 20 @ 8:13 am
  • That's not cool

    Sounds like the guy is playing his cards. For the best. His heart must not have been in it enough to deserve the position in Nags Head.

    With a 150k income, finding housing should not have been a factor. Hey Nags Head, I’ll fill is position. I won’t know what to do but I’ll do my best at it!!

    Hard to imagine there are folks so fortunate that they can turn down a great job like that!!

    Thursday, May 20 @ 8:41 am
  • Stan Clough

    I am not sure why towns hire these over educated people for real jobs in town management. They have done it for years, mostly children of wealthy influential friends of dubious past and intent for jobs they do not know how to do. Most towns now suffer this pain

    Thursday, May 20 @ 11:11 am
  • hightider

    150K salary would barely support one person, much less a family on the OBX, if they were looking to maintain their current standard of living.

    Thursday, May 20 @ 12:43 pm
  • Steve Railsback

    This guy was a short-timer in Pascagoula and he was a finalist for another job when he removed his name from the final running to head to Pascagoula. How did his name land at Developmental Associates in Chapel Hill and how did they vet him? Messy.

    Thursday, May 20 @ 4:29 pm
  • Stan Clough

    So, some high tider says $150,000.00 a year is not enough ? what a joke. $50,000.00 would be too much !

    Saturday, May 22 @ 4:34 pm
  • Travis

    Beyond stupid that there is not someone in the pipeline at Nags Head to take the reigns. Someone with local knowledge and a sense of what the Town is all about who can be more efficient than some jackanape from Mississippi. Heck, even a deputy town manager from a neighboring town would be better. Hiring from without makes little sense.

    Sunday, May 23 @ 11:16 pm
  • Karen R

    Compare the cost of a 3 bedroom home in Pascagoula to the cost of a 3 bedroom home in Nags Head. It would be daunting to anyone regardless of the salary. Maybe some people have lost track of just how expensive it is to live on the Outer Banks and the risks/isolation involved. Perhaps he didn’t do his research before applying. I agree with others who said the search company missed something and it is a failure that there is no one from within who can do the job.

    Monday, May 24 @ 3:42 pm