Has been mayor for 36 years.

Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 06:39 PM.

A lifelong resident of Newport, he knows the strong relationship Newport has with neighboring Cherry Point in Havelock. And nearby are Camp Lejeune and the military installations in Onslow County.

When the Base Realignment and Closure Commission was considering closures in the early 1990s, Garner had just retired from Cherry Point and stood ready to help stand up in support of area military bases. He testified before the commission in 1993.

"The military means a tremendous amount to Carteret County, not just Carteret County but the whole area," Garner said.

Garner has also been active in Allies for Cherry Point’s Tomorrow, a group of civic leaders that lobbies for the base.

Among the many other organizations he has been part of are the N.C. League of Municipalities and the N.C. State Ports Authority.

For the town’s many accomplishments, he gives credit to the town’s dedicated staff and the town board. The projects have been the work of many, but he’s proud to have been a part of them.

"I hope I’ve made a difference and if I’ve made a positive difference, then I’m glad I was elected," he said.

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