Press Releases

Town Wins Pair of Statewide Communications Awards
4/22/2016

The Town of Garner was among 14 North Carolina governments to earn recognition in the ninth annual North Carolina City & County Communicators’ (NC3C) Excellence in Communications Awards on April 14 at the organization’s annual conference. The Town won two second-place awards in the categories of marketing tools (direct mail or print advertising) and printed publications (brochure). Please see the news release for more details.





Garner PD Swears In Three New Officers
4/11/2016

The Garner Police Department swore in three new officers at a ceremony April 4 presided over by Chief Brandon Zuidema. Please see the news release for details.





Town Launching Citizens Leadership Academy
4/11/2016

The Garner Leadership Academy is a series of classes offered to help citizens develop skills as a neighborhood or community leader. Graduates of the academy will be positioned to go on to leadership roles in neighborhood organizations, the Board of Adjustment, Planning Commission, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Committee, Senior Citizens Advisory Committee and the Veterans Advisory Committee. Please see the news release for more details, including how to apply for the new class.





Town Staff Mark Child Abuse Prevention Month
4/6/2016

Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources team members gathered on the front lawn of White Deer Park last week to plant a garden—but not the kind of garden you might expect from a nature park. This one is made of pinwheels.assessments. Learn more by reading the news release.





Town Seeking Vendors for July 3 Celebration
4/6/2016

The Town of Garner is now accepting applications for nonprofit food vendors, community organizations and craft partners for our July 3 Independence Day Celebration. Spaces are limited, and all applications must be received by Friday, May 20. For more information or to receive an application, please contact Jill McAllister, events and box office coordinator, at jmcallister@garnernc.gov or by phone at (919) 661-4602.



Operation Medicine Drop Event Set for April 29
4/5/2016

The Garner Police Department is hosting a medication take-back event on Friday, April 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Garner Police Station, 912 7th Ave. The service is free, anonymous, and no questions will be asked.

By providing safe and secure ways for people to discard unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications, Operation Medicine Drop helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse while also protecting our waters.

Please do not bring any liquids or syringes to the event, and leave medications in their original containers if possible. More information about Operation Medicine Drop can be found at ncsafekids.org or by calling Sgt. Sophia Sandlin at (919) 772-8810, ext. 5158.





Council Appoints Dickerson Town Manager
3/29/2016

The Town Council named Rodney Dickerson as Garner’s new town manager at its March 29 work session.

Dickerson had been serving as the interim town manager since Jan. 5, when former town manager Hardin Watkins left to take the city manager job in Burlington. He previously had served as Garner’s assistant town manager and assistant town manager-operations since 2004. Prior to that, Dickerson was assistant to the town manager for over three years. He joined the Town of Garner in 2001.

Dickerson began his career in local government with the Town of Cary, where he worked for eight years in the Inspections Department.

“The Council and I place great value on Rodney’s well-demonstrated commitment to Garner,” Mayor Ronnie Williams said. “He is a consummate professional and has helped move Garner forward in a multitude of ways. He led the Town’s budget team for several years, has crafted important Town policies and has overseen essential operations.”

“Rodney has been an excellent liaison to numerous local and regional partners,” the mayor said. “He also is well-known and well-respected throughout the Garner community.”

In his role as assistant town manager-operations, Dickerson oversaw the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources, Public Works and Information Technology departments as well as the neighborhood improvement manager. In addition to serving as interim town manager since this January, he also has filled that role for the Town during other brief periods.

“As a senior leader in our Town for 15 years, Rodney has built strong, positive relationships with our employees,” Mayor Williams said. “He has a great rapport with staff across all departments, and he’s widely admired for the way he leads by example. Our employees respect him for his willingness to jump in and help with whatever needs to be done to make the team successful.”

Dickerson earned a bachelor’s degree from Duke University in 1990 and a master of public administration degree from N.C. State University in 2001. He completed the UNC-CH Public Executive Leadership Academy in 2007.

Last fall, Dickerson received the credentialed manager designation from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). To receive the prestigious ICMA credential, a member must have significant experience as a senior management executive in local government; have earned a degree, preferably in public administration or a related field; and have demonstrated a commitment to high standards of integrity and to lifelong learning and professional development.

Highlights of Dickerson’s ICMA membership include completion of Leadership-ICMA in 2013, which involved graduation from the Senior Executive Institute program. He has also been a presenter at the ICMA annual conference.

Dickerson has also made significant contributions to a number of other organizations, including the N.C. City/County Management Association, in which he serves on the Executive Committee. He served as chair or vice chair of the organization’s state conference program committee for approximately 10 years. He also served as the local government representative on the State Building Commission from 2009-2012.

Dickerson is married to wife, Wendy. They have a young son, Jason.

To learn more about the Town of Garner, please visit garnernc.gov.





Pam Cash Named Main Street Champion
3/23/2016

Pam Cash was honored as a 2015 Main Street Champion during the North Carolina Main Street Conference in Goldsboro on March 18. Please see the news release for details.





STOCK America Chooses Garner for Corporate HQ
3/11/2016

STOCK America, Inc., a leading producer of sterilization equipment for the food and pharmaceutical industries, has announced it will be opening its corporate headquarters in Greenfield Park North in Garner. The new 17,000-square-foot facility is expected to be completed this October. Please see the news release for additional details.





Spring Big Sweep/Litter Sweep Set For April 2
3/10/2016

Garner will hold its spring Big Sweep/Litter Sweep event on April 2. Please see the news release for details.





Steel Wheels Roll into Town March 19
3/4/2016

The Town of Garner and Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department are pleased to announce that the Americana group The Steel Wheels will play Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road) on Saturday, March 19 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is part of the It’s Showtime series.

The band’s four members—lead singer/guitarist/banjo player Trent Wagler, standup bass player Brian Dickel, fiddler Eric Brubaker and mandolin player Jay Lapp—create music that combines the passion of the Avett Brothers, the instrumentals of Old Crow Medicine Show and the backwoods feel of The Legendary Shack Shakers.

The Steel Wheels have captured audiences across the country with their mix of original soulful mountain music and their deep commitment to roots and community. Based in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, this dynamic four-piece string band marries old-time musical traditions with their own innovative sound.

The band has been a festival favorite at Merlefest and Stagecoach and has won accolades from The Independent Music Awards and the American Music Association. They have been featured on National Public Radio’s “Mountain Stage” and have even created their own roots music festival in Virgina called the Red Wing Roots Music Festival, which takes place in Mount Solon, Va., every July.

No Depression magazine said of The Steel Wheels: “These men don’t rely on clichés, but they do have their feet steady in the firmament of sophisticated folk music. Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams would be proud of their word play, their ambitious, colorful language in their story. ... The Steel Wheels should be enjoyed because they sound like no one else in roots music.”

Get your tickets early at GarnerPerformingArtsCenter.com or by calling the box office at (919) 661-4602 Monday-Friday between 1:30 and 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 at the door.





Garner Property Admitted into N.C. Certified Site Program
3/2/2016

The Garner Industrial Site in Greenfield Park South (GIS-GPS) has been adopted into the North Carolina Certified Site Program. The site consists of approximately 151 acres located along U.S. 70 and Raynor Road. Please see the news release for more details.





Spring Eggstravaganza Set for March 19
2/18/2016

Celebrate the arrival of spring at the Town of Garner’s annual Spring Eggstravaganza. There will be activities for kids of all ages at this free event on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road).

This year’s event will feature music, games, inflatables, crafts, food vendors and more. Egg hunts begin promptly at noon. Volunteering and sponsorship opportunities are available.

For more information, contact Kendrick Mayes at kmayes@garnernc.gov or call (919) 773-4441.





Greenfield South Named AT&T 'Fiber Ready'
2/10/2016

Garner officials hailed today’s announcement by AT&T and representatives from Greenfield 40 Associates and Garner Economic Development that Greenfield South Business Park is AT&T "Fiber Ready," making the business park the first in the region to receive that designation.

"We are pleased to have the first ‘Fiber Ready’ business park in the Triangle," Mayor Ronnie Williams said. "This designation is one more tool that the Town can use to continue to market our community as a place of choice for 21st-century businesses. Having access to high-speed, reliable internet is no longer a luxury of the few but a necessity for businesses large and small."

"Naming Greenfield South a ‘Fiber Ready’ park will serve to reassure companies looking to locate in Garner that their telecommunications needs will be met," Garner Economic Development Director Joseph Stallings said. "The partnerships that the Town of Garner shares with AT&T and all of the other service providers in our area are what helps our community be prepared to meet the current and future needs of both businesses and residents."

For more information about economic development opportunities in Garner, please contact Joseph Stallings at (919) 773-4431 or by email at jstallings@garnernc.gov.

To read the AT&T news release on the Fiber Ready announcement, please CLICK HERE.





Stella Gibson Named New Town Clerk
2/8/2016

Stella Gibson was promoted last month to town clerk after having served as deputy town clerk and interim town clerk since December 2014. She succeeds Judy Bass, who retired in November. Please see the news release for more details.





The Jones Family Singers Coming to GPAC Feb. 21
2/2/2016

The Jones Family Singers will perform live at Garner Performing Arts Center (742 W. Garner Road) on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. The gospel group was a huge hit at the Lincoln Center last summer and showcased at New York City’s globalFEST and The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The Jones Family Singers have crisscrossed the globe with appearances at South by Southwest (Austin, Texas), the Newport Folk Festival and Winnipeg Folk Festival. Tickets are $20 in advance--$15 apiece for groups of 15 or more! You can purchase tickets or learn more at garnerperformingartscenter.com. Also, check out this short promotional video on The Jones Family Singers.





Sign Up for Spring Citizens Police Academy
1/28/2016

The Garner Police Department will be conducting a Citizens Police Academy this spring and is seeking interested residents to participate. The free academy runs each week from March 8 through May 10. All instructors are Garner police officers who will teach a variety of topics. Please see the news release for more details and contact information.





Sign Up Now for Garner 101 Citizens Academy
1/28/2016

The popular Garner 101 Citizens Academy starts up again March 3. Citizens are encouraged to enroll now for this free 10-week course. Please see the news release for details and contact information.





Town Offers Options for Storm Debris Collection
1/27/2016

The Town of Garner has devised a cleanup plan to handle the debris from the recent inclement weather. The options for residents are as follows: 1) There will be a special debris pickup sweep starting Feb. 8. Public Works crews will conduct pickup and do as much as they can each day. They will go through each neighborhood once; their sweep will not be based on solid waste daily routes and colors. Therefore, if residents want to take advantage of this opportunity, they should have their debris curbside by the morning of Feb. 8. Residents do not have to bundle or prepare debris according to the Town rules for usual curbside yard waste collection. 2) For residents who do not want to wait that long, debris that has been properly prepared per Town rules will be picked up by the Town’s solid waste contractor, All-Star Waste, on regular pickup days. For rules on preparing yard waste for pickup during regular solid waste collection, please see garnernc.gov/Departments/Public Works/TrashCollection.aspx. 3) For residents who choose to wait until after Feb. 8, the debris can be collected in April during the regular spring unprepared yard waste cleanup. For more information, please contact Public Works at (919) 772-7600.





White Deer Park Set for Annual Groundhog Day Festivities
1/21/2016

If you want to find out whether we’ll have an early spring or six more weeks of winter, catch Snerd the Groundhog’s prediction at the Town of Garner’s annual Groundhog Day celebration at White Deer Park (2400 Aversboro Road) on Tuesday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mayor Williams will announce Snerd’s prediction at noon. Please see the news release for more details.





GPD Holding Pair of Public Events to Mark Station Opening
1/7/2016

The Garner Police Department invites the public to two events on Jan. 15-16 to mark the opening of the new police station at 912 7th Ave. Please see the news release for details.





Garner PD to Hold Soft Opening for New Station
12/30/2015

The Garner Police Department will hold a soft opening for the new police station at 912 7th Ave. on Thursday, Dec. 31 at noon with Town elected officials and staff on hand. The event will include a ribbon cutting. A light reception and tours will follow.

The formal grand opening—including a mural unveiling—will be held on Friday, Jan. 15 at lunchtime with a community open house on Saturday, Jan. 16. Details on both events are still pending.

The new police station is part of the $35.7 million bond program approved by Garner voters in March 2013.





Dickerson Named Interim Town Manager
12/17/2015

The Town Council has named Assistant Town Manager-Operations Rodney Dickerson to serve as Garner’s interim town manager, replacing Town Manager Hardin Watkins, who is leaving the Town on Jan. 4 to become city manager in Burlington, N.C. The Town Council made the appointment during a closed session at its Dec. 15 regular meeting. Dickerson assumes his interim manager duties on Jan. 5. Please see the news release for additional details.





GPD Welcomes New Officers, Promotes Another
12/15/2015

The Garner Police Department swore in two new officers and promoted another to sergeant in a Dec. 10 ceremony. Please see the news release for details.





Ribbon Cutting Planned for Concessions Building
11/13/2015

The Town of Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department cordially invites you to a ribbon cutting for the new South Garner Park concessions building on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. The park is located at 1210 Poole Drive. The event will include remarks by Town officials and key stakeholders as well as the official ribbon cutting. Please see the news release for more details. Learn more about the Garner bond program at garnerbonds.com.





Town Awarded Grant to Go Toward Recreation Center
11/10/2015

The Town of Garner has been selected to receive a grant from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) in the amount of $217,500, which will be applied toward construction of the Town’s new recreation center. PARTF provides dollar-for-dollar matching grants to local governments for parks and recreational projects to serve the public. Please see the news release for additional details.





Holiday Events Coming Up Dec. 4-5
11/5/2015

The Town of Garner is getting ready for Light Up Main and the Garner Christmas Parade on Dec. 4-5. Please see the news release for details about these popular community events.





Parks Manager Completes UNC School of Government Program
11/4/2015

Katie Spencer, outdoor education and parks manager with the Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, recently completed the Leading for Results program at the UNC School of Government as a Local Government Federal Credit Union Fellow. Spencer was among 50 people from across the state identified as emerging leaders in local government and was selected in a competitive process from among 200 applicants to the program. Please see the news release for additional details.





Sign Up Now for Showcase of Talent Audition
10/27/2015

Auditions for the 2016 Showcase of Talent will be held Thursday, Nov. 12 starting at 5 p.m. at Garner Performing Arts Center. They are open to anyone with a connection to Garner. Pre-registration is required. A registration form is included with the news release. Please click the button below for the news release and form.





Raccoon Tests Positive for Rabies in Garner
10/26/2015

On Saturday, Oct. 24, a 4-year-old dog in the 100 block of Munnsee Court in the Van Story Hills subdivision was involved in an altercation with a raccoon, which died in the incident.

The raccoon’s body was sent to a state lab, and it tested positive for rabies. The dog will be quarantined for six months as a precaution.

Town officials are taking measures to directly notify residents in the immediate area of the incident and are using this occasion to urge the public to make sure their pets stay current on their rabies vaccinations.

If residents have any questions about their pets’ possible exposure to rabies, they should contact their veterinarians.

For more information, contact the Garner Police Department at (919) 772-8810.





Town Seeks Participants in Holiday Events
10/23/2015

The Town of Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department (PRCR) is seeking entries for its two annual winter holiday events.

On Friday, Dec. 4 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Garner PRCR will host Light Up Main, Garner’s annual tree-lighting celebration. The event features holiday entertainment from local choirs, dance troupes and other talent. Performance slots are limited, and applications will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 13. Applications can be found HERE or can be obtained by e-mailing Jill McAllister at jmcallister@garnernc.gov.

The next day, on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2 p.m., PRCR will host Garner’s annual Christmas Parade. Local businesses, schools, churches and civic groups are encouraged to apply. Parade applications will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 13 for this event as well. Applications and parade details can be found HERE or can be obtained by emailing Jill McAllister at jmcallister@garnernc.gov.





Town Hires New Chief Code Compliance Officer
10/22/2015

The Town of Garner Inspections Department welcomes Robert Liles as its new chief code compliance officer. Liles is a certified building inspector level 1-standard, electrical inspector level 1-standard, plumbing inspector level 1-probationary and mechanical inspector level 1-probationary. His previous experience includes custom home building, facilities management and real estate. He is a licensed general contractor and real estate broker. Liles most recently worked as a housing inspector with the City of Raleigh. Please see the news release for additional details.





Trick-or-Eat Food Truck Rodeo Set for Oct. 25
10/16/2015

The Garner Revitalization Association’s wildly popular Trick-or-Eat food truck rodeo is back. This year it’s happening on Sunday, Oct. 25 from noon to 5 p.m. on Main Street in historic downtown Garner.

The lineup this year features 14 local food trucks: Backyard Bistro, OMG Chicken, Gussy’s Greek Street Food, Hibachi Xpress, Dusty Donuts, Jam Ice Cream, CJ’s Street Food, American Meltdown, D’Burritos Fresh Mex, King’s Authentic Philly Cheesesteak, Barone, Pho Nomenal Dumpling Truck, Thai Box Zing and Ty’s All Natural. There will also be three local craft beer breweries on hand: Double Barley, Deep River and Fortnight.

Please see the news release for additional details.





Assistant Town Manager Earns ICMA Recognition
10/14/2015

Garner Assistant Town Manager-Operations Rodney Dickerson recently received the credentialed manager designation from the International City/County Management Association (ICMA). He is now one of over 1,300 local government management professionals credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program. Dickerson has 14 and a half years of professional local government executive experience. He has served as assistant town manager for the Town of Garner since 2004. Please see the news release for additional details.





Public Works Employee Snags Statewide Award
10/9/2015

Tyson Langdon has received the Fleet Manager of the Year Award from the Equipment Services Division of the North Carolina Chapter of the American Public Works Association. He was selected by the Division Board of Directors from nominations received around the state. Langdon manages fleet and facility maintenance operations for the Town as the Public Works Department’s services supervisor. Please see the news release for more details.





GPD Officer Graduates from FBI Program
10/8/2015

Garner Police Lt. Joe Binns was one of 225 law enforcement officers from around the world to graduate recently from the prestigious FBI National Academy Program at Quantico, Va. Please see the news release for details.





GPD Announces News Hires, Promotions
10/7/2015

The Garner Police Department is proud to announce several recent new personnel additions and promotions. Please see the news release for a summary and contact information for more details.





PRCR Team Member Gets Promotion
9/28/2015

Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources is pleased to announce that Sara Shaw has been promoted to recreation specialist. Shaw worked part time with the department for the last three years as a recreation leader and facility attendant. She was selected from an applicant pool of over 60 qualified candidates. Please see the news release for more details.





Fire Department Video Wins National Award
9/21/2015

The Town of Garner and PEG Media Partners earlier this month won a national Award of Excellence from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association for “Inside the Garner Fire Department,” a 30-minute documentary that offers a behind-the-scenes look at Garner Volunteer Fire- Rescue, Inc. The award category was one-time special programming for jurisdictions with population 55,000 or under. “Inside the Garner Fire Department” was filmed, directed and edited by PEG Media Partners’ Adam Carroll. Please see the news release for more details.





Garner PRCR Earns National Accreditation
9/16/2015

The Town of Garner is now the only jurisdiction in the United States to have nationally accredited police, public works and parks and recreation departments or agencies and to have earned All-America City status since the year 2000.

Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources joined the ranks of elite park and recreation agencies and departments across the country by earning accreditation through the Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies and National Recreation and Park Association earlier this week. That recognition means the Town’s three largest operational departments—Police, Public Works and Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources—are now all nationally accredited.

Please see the news release for additional details.





Operation Medicine Drop Event to be Held Sept. 26
9/3/2015

The Garner Police Department is hosting a medication take-back event on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to noon at Town Hall, 900 7th Ave. (building B in the Council Chambers). The service is free, anonymous, and no questions will be asked. Please see the news release for more details.





Big Sweep/Litter Sweep Planned for Sept. 26
9/3/2015

The Town of Garner is celebrating National Public Lands Day by holding its fall Big Sweep/Litter Sweep on Saturday, Sept. 26. This annual project relies on volunteers from in and around the Garner area to help pick up trash along Garner roadways and in Town parks. Please see the news release for details.





Tercer Anual Carnaval Latino Sera el 13 de Septiembre
8/21/2015

El departamento de Parques, Recreación y Recursos Culturales de la Ciudad de Garner anuncia su tercer anual Carnaval Latino. Un festival que celebra la comunidad latinoamericana del condado de Wake. El evento de este año se llevará a cabo el Domingo, 13 de septiembre desde las 1 p.m.-4 p.m., atrás del centro de artes escénicas de Garner (Garner Performing Arts Center, 125 Avery St.). Para obtener información adicional, por favor visite garnernc.gov/carnavallatino.





Third Annual Carnaval Latino Set for Sept. 13
8/18/2015

The Town of Garner’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department announces its third annual Carnaval Latino, a festival celebrating Wake County’s Latin American community. This year’s event takes place Sunday, Sept. 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the back lawn of Garner Performing Arts Center (125 Avery St.).

There are still limited spaces available for vendors to be a part of this event. If interested, please contact Jill McAllister at jmcallister@garnernc.gov, or call (919) 661-4602. Please note that all food vendor slots are filled.

For more details about Carnaval Latino, please see the attached news release and visit garnernc.gov/carnavallatino.





Fire Department Video Nominated for National Award
8/17/2015

“Inside the Garner Fire Department,” a 33-minute documentary about Garner Volunteer Fire and Rescue, Inc., has been selected as one of three finalists for a national award recognizing outstanding television and video work by government communicators. The documentary can be viewed at THIS LINK. Please see the news release for details.





Garner Site Inducted into Duke Site Readiness Program
8/12/2015

The Duke Site Readiness Program ended in Garner on July 30 with a presentation by site consultant firm McCallum and Sweeney about why prepared communities win economic development projects. The Town of Garner and the 152-acre Garner Industrial Site at Greenfield Park South were inducted into the program in April.

The program, sponsored by Duke Energy, is designed to help communities collect extensive information on properties to position them to be ready for development.

Please see the news release for more details.





GPD Offering Free Citizens Academy
8/7/2015

The Garner Police Department is now accepting applications for the fall 2015 Citizens’ Police Academy, which begins Sept. 22. Please see the news release for details, including a link to where citizens can register for this free course.





Co-recipients of Stevens Award Named
8/6/2015

Beverly Adams and Dr. Johnny Bagwell have been named co-recipients of the 2015 James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award. Ms. Adams and Dr. Bagwell will be recognized at the Aug. 18 Town Council meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. A reception in the lobby of building B of Town Hall (outside the Council Chambers) will be held beginning at 6 p.m. Please see the news release for more details.





PRCR Administrative Staff Moving to Senior Center
7/28/2015

In preparation for the new Town Hall and Indoor Recreation Center projects, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources administrative staff are moving to a temporary location at the Garner Senior Center, 209 E. Garner Road. Please see the news release for more details.





National Night Out in Garner Slated for Aug. 4
7/16/2015

The Garner Police Department, in association with the National Association of Town Watch and Target, will hold the 32nd Annual National Night Out against crime on Tuesday, Aug. 4 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Garner Police Department will again partner with Target of Garner in hosting an event at the Target store located at Garner Towne Square, 2700 Timber Drive. Please see the news release for more details.





Assistant Town Engineer Earns Pair of Honors
7/2/2015

Assistant Town Engineer Jonathan Ham recently won two prestigious professional honors. Please see the news release for details.





For Second Straight Year, Garner Earns Playful City Status
6/17/2015

For the second consecutive year, Garner has been honored as a Playful City USA by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to preserving and expanding play opportunities for America’s children. Please see the news release for additional details.





Town Plans Pair of Events to Mark Dog Park Opening
6/3/2015

The Town of Garner has two events lined up to officially unveil the North Garner Dog Park, a Garner Bond Program project located at 221 E. Garner Road (at the entrance to Garner Recreational Park). There will be a ribbon cutting on June 9 at 10 a.m., and a grand opening 9 a.m. to noon on June 13. Please see the attached news release for details.





Nominations Being Accepted for 2015 Stevens Service Award
6/1/2015

Nominations are being accepted through July 10 for the 2015 James R. Stevens Service to Garner Award. A nomination application can be downloaded on the FORMS PAGE. Please click the button below for a news release with more details.





Public Works Selects Employee of the Year
5/28/2015

Donna Huff has been named the Public Works Department's Employee of the Year for 2014. Please click the button below for a news release about Ms. Huff's accomplishments and contributions to the Public Works team.





Town Hires Downtown Development Manager
5/22/2015

The Town has hired Mari Howe to be its new downtown development manager. Please see the news release for details.





Town Selects Its Next Human Resources Director
5/22/2015

The Town of Garner has selected B.D. Sechler to be its next human resources director starting June 1. Please see the news release for details.





Finance Director Completes School of Government Course
5/12/2015

Town of Garner Finance Director Emily Lucas recently completed the Municipal and County Administration course offered by UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Government. Please see the news release for more details.





Garner Police Department Swears In Two New Officers
5/5/2015

The Garner Police Department on May 4 welcomed its two newest officers, Hunter Miller and Patrick McGuire. Please see the news release for more details.





Summer Youth Basketball Available at Avery Street Rec Center
5/1/2015

Please click the button below to learn more about summer youth basketball and volunteer coaching opportunities at Garner's Avery Street Recreation Center.





Notice About Increased Reported Coyote Sightings in Area
1/29/2015

There has been an increased number of reported coyote sightings in the Garner area recently. These highly adaptive animals are present in all 100 counties in North Carolina and have expanded into urban and suburban areas. Coyotes are shy and generally afraid of humans, and it is extremely rare for them to approach humans. Nevertheless, pets should be leashed or kept close and monitored at all times. Pets in Town of Garner parks must be leashed at all times.

The Town of Garner has compiled an FAQ sheet about living with coyotes based on information from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and other sources. Please click the button below to view it.

For more information on coyotes (including hunting and trapping regulations), contact the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission at (919) 707-0010, or visit the agency’s website at ncwildlife.org.





GOOGLE FIBER COMING TO GARNER
1/27/2015

Google announced today that it would be bringing its ultra-high-speed Google Fiber network to Garner. Learn more at this blogpost from Google. Please click below for the Town's news release.





Mayor Williams' State of the Town Address
1/20/2015

Last year was another great one for Garner, and the best is yet to come. Mayor Williams explains it all for Garner citizens in this year's State of the Town address. Please click the button below to read the text of the mayor's speech. To watch Mayor Williams' video presentation of the speech, please CLICK HERE.





Town Hires Assistant Planning Director
12/5/2014

Jeff Triezenberg started work on December 1 as assistant planning director for the Town of Garner. He fills a new position funded in the Town’s fiscal year 2014-15 operating budget. The position was created in anticipation of a greatly increased workload in the Planning Department due to expected rapid residential and commercial growth in Garner in the coming years. Triezenberg brings 10 years of experience as a senior planner in the Town of Knightdale and over six years with the City of Burlington as a planner and GIS administrator.

Please see the news release for more details.





Town Welcomes News of Company HQ Move to Garner
12/5/2014

Here is a prepared statement by Mayor Williams on the Dec. 5 economic development announcement by the Governor’s Office about Overland Contracting, Inc.





Mayor's Show Wins Statewide Award
11/14/2014

The Town of Garner and PEG Media Partners earned a first-place 2014 Excellence in Communications Award from the N.C. Association of Government Information Officers for the television program “Great People in Garner” with Mayor Ronnie Williams. To watch past episodes of "Great People in Garner," please visit the Town's YouTube channel.





Town Now Accepting Christmas Parade Applications
10/30/2014

The Town of Garner is now accepting applications for participants for our annual Christmas Parade. The Christmas Parade will be held on Main Street in Downtown Garner on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. This year’s parade theme is “Santa’s Got a Brand New Bag” and will celebrate the joy of toys and giving in conjunction with a Toys for Tots Toy Drive which will be held at all Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources office locations in the month of November.

Click here for a parade entry application. You can also pick up an application in person at the department’s main offices at Town Hall, Building B, located at 900 Seventh Ave.

Applications should be returned no later than Friday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. in one of the following ways:

Electronically:
jmcallister@garnernc.gov
By mail or in person:
Town of Garner Christmas Parade
Attn: Jill McAllister
900 7th Ave.
Garner, NC 27529

Applications returned in person should be taken to Building B of Town Hall.

For more information about this event, please contact Jill McAllister, events coordinator for the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, at (919) 661-4602.





Police Station Groundbreaking to be Held Sept. 18
9/15/2014

The Town of Garner will hold the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new Garner Police Department headquarters at 912 Seventh Ave. (next to Wake County Southeast Regional Library) on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 9:30 a.m. The event will be held in the grassy area behind the library and Town Hall. Parking is available at the library (908 Seventh Ave.) and Town Hall (900 Seventh Ave.).

The $4.5 million police station is a major component of the Garner Bond Program approved by Garner voters in a special election in March 2013.





Beasley Moves into Inspections Director Position
9/10/2014

Tony Beasley, formerly the Town of Garner's economic development director, has moved into the inspections director position. He succeeds Sandy Teal, who retired after serving as inspections director for 25 years. Please see the news release for details.





Smith Completes NRPA Directors School Program
9/10/2014

Rob Smith, assistant director with the Garner Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, recently completed the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) Directors School, a two-year professional development training program for current and future leaders of parks and recreation agencies. Please see the news release for details.





Operation Medicine Drop to be Held Sept. 27
9/9/2014

The Garner Police Department is having an Operation Medicine Drop on Sept. 27 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Council Chambers, located in building B of Town Hall at 900 Seventh Ave.

The event provides a safe and secure way for people to get rid of unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. It also helps prevent accidental poisonings and drug abuse while protecting our waters.

Operation Medicine Drop is a program administered by Safe Kids North Carolina (ncsafekids.org) and the N.C. Department of Insurance.

For more information, please contact Sgt. Walter Myer with the Garner Police Department at (919) 773-6072 or wmyer@garnernc.gov.





GARNER NAMED ONE OF TOP FIVE CITIES OR TOWNS IN NC
11/21/2013

Just a few months after being named an All-America City, Garner has earned another enviable accolade. Movoto, a San Mateo, Calif.-based real-estate brokerage frequently cited by major news organizations, has named Garner one of the top five cities or towns in North Carolina. Please see the news release for details. Movoto's full report can be found at THIS LINK.