Local Politics

Garner Fills Town Manager Vacancy

Posted March 28, 2007 11:54 a.m. EDT
Updated March 28, 2007 12:28 p.m. EDT

— Hardin Watkins, the former city manager of Suwanee, Ga., has been named as Garner town manager, officials said Wednesday.

Former Town Manager Mary Lou Todd retired two weeks ago after seven years on the job and 36 years as a town employee.

Watkins is a native of Hendersonville and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received a bachelor's degree in 1988 and a master of public administration degree in 1990.

He has served as city manager in Suwanee since 1997. During his tenure, the city received a number of municipal honors, including the City of Excellence Award. He previously served as assistant to the city manager in Decatur, Ga.

"The Garner town manager position presents a new challenge for me professionally," Watkins said in a statement. "On a personal level, it offers a chance to return to my home state and work in very close proximity to my brother, nephews and niece."

Watkins is scheduled to begin work in Garner on April 30. Assistant Town Manager Rodney Dickerson has been named interim manager.