HENDERSON — The City of Henderson has announced the appointment of Tracy Madigan to the position of director of the Downtown Development Commission.

Madigan said she was very excited about her new job. She was interested in the position, she said, because she “liked the direction they were moving.”

Madigan assumed her new duties April 1. City Manager Terrell Blackmon introduced her to other city personnel, and she has spent time involved in online training related to Henderson’s responsibilities as a Main Street City. She also met with the previous director, Kathy Walters, “who did a fabulous job getting Henderson accepted as a North Carolina Main Street City.”

Madigan has managed the Vance County Regional Farmers Market since it opened in 2014. ”I’ve loved that work,” she said, adding that it was a tough decision to leave the position. She will continue working there on Saturdays through May, or until the Farmers Market gets a new manager.

Henderson Mayor Eddie Ellington said he and Madigan were neighbors when he was growing up. “She brings professionalism, positivity and experience to the job,” he said. “She knows downtown.”

Madigan replaces Walters, who retired in early 2020 after the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Madigan moved to Henderson at the age of 12, when her father, Frank Madigan, was hired by what was then Vance County Technical Institute (now Vance-Granville Community College). She attended Vance Academy and graduated from Vance County High School.

She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Undertaking a double major, she graduated with bachelor degrees in industrial relations and political science. She attended the Wharton School of Business where she earned certification as an employee benefits specialist.

For 30 years, Madigan worked as a senior executive in group insurance marketing.

In 2014, she took early retirement to return to Henderson to assist with the care of her mother, who was in declining health and died in December 2020.

In taking on her new assignment, Madigan said the welfare of downtown Henderson extends beyond the city limits. Citing the number of visitors to Kerr Lake each year as an example, she said the welfare of downtown Henderson and the entire area cannot be separated.