Granville County manager resigns, moves toward family

May. 02, 2013 @ 06:09 PM

Brian Alligood has resigned his position as Granville County manager to accept a job as city manager in the eastern North Carolina community of Washington.

His resignation will become effective June 30.

Alligood said his desire to be closer to his parents prompted the decision.

“It’s where my mom and dad live,” Alligood said.

He was born in Washington and lived in several places in eastern North Carolina while he was growing up.

Alligood said his parents were teachers and career opportunities carried them to several communities.

Alligood graduated from high school in Plymouth. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in public administration from N.C. State University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in emergency medical care from Western Carolina University.

Prior to becoming the Granville County manager in 2006, he had consulted with local governments for a private firm and held several positions in emergency medical services and transportation.

Alligood previously held the positions of director of emergency services and deputy county manager with Granville County. He also served as town manager in Boiling Springs.

In a letter to county employees, Alligood described his decision to leave as “bittersweet.”

He said he was honored to have worked for Granville County.

“Together we have accomplished many things as we have worked to improve existing services and provide new services in an effort to improve the quality of life for those who live and work in Granville County,” Alligood wrote. “These things have only been achieved through your hard work and dedication. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of that.”

Edgar Smoak, chairman of the board of commissioners, said, “He wants to be closer to his family. I can understand that. We think a lot of Brian. We sure are going to miss him.”

Commissioner Dave Currin said, “Washington has a benefit we can’t compete with. It’s called family.”

He added, “It’s a tremendous loss for the county. He’s been a great, great county manager.”

Currin said Alligood had made major accomplishments.

“The biggest is the hub, our industrial park,” Currin said. “He was instrumental in putting that together.

“Another was presenting balanced budgets year after year on things he controlled.

“And the transition of EMS from the county to the hospital. That is providing better services for everyone.”

Currin said the commissioners are already taking steps to find a replacement for Alligood.

Alligood said he would remain in his position until the budget for the coming fiscal year is adopted.

 

Contact the writer at dirvine@hendersondispatch.com.