Garner Cleveland Record

Garner hires new budget leader

Michael Gammon, budget and special projects manager.
Michael Gammon, budget and special projects manager. courtesy of Town of Garner

Michael Gammon has been hired as the budget and special projects manager, the town announced Friday afternoon.

Gammon will succeed Jamie Ludovic, who resigned last month. Gammon has been a Management Fellow with the town since last June. When Ludovic left on maternity leave last year, Gammon said, he was able to fill in for her and help finish up the 2014-15 budget. He will now take the lead in the budget process.

The budget and special projects manager prepares the town’s annual budget and analyzes it throughout the year, tracking expenditures. He will also lead the internal audit process and look for efficiencies in the town’s departments. His salary will be $52,458.

“Michael is very well-qualified for this role, and we are excited for him to join our team,” Town Manager Hardin Watkins said in a press release. “We are in the middle of our budget preparation process, and he will be able to jump in and contribute immediately. Due to his previous work with the town, he is known by all of our department leaders and elected officials – that’s very advantageous.”

Gammon has approximately four years of experience in the private sector. Before coming to Garner, he worked for QBE Financial Partners Services in RTP as a team leader of its property tax services group for escrow and tax operations.

“Michael has outstanding qualifications, and we know we are bringing someone on board who is a really great teammate,” Finance Director Emily Lucas said. “I am happy that he has accepted our offer to become a permanent member of our team.”

A Huntersville native, graduated from UNC-Charlotte with a master’s of public administration degree and a bachelor’s degree in political science and criminal justice.

Gammon moved to the Triangle in Morrisville in 2010.

He said he always heard great things about the Town of Garner and wanted to pursue local government. So when the opportunity came to be a management fellow in local government, he jumped on it.

“I thought here’s my chance to work with the town manager and assistant town managers and finance director and learn how to do things the right way,” Gammon said.

“I couldn’t tell you how happy I was when they said they were interested in bringing me on. If I could, I would have done a backflip.”

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