Has been mayor for 36 years.

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

Garner said he’s had help and support from many people along the way, including folks like the late Morehead City Mayor Bud Dixon, who offered encouragement in his early days as mayor. And always at his side has been his wife, Jane.

"I could not have done any of this without the support of my wife," he said.

But after 36 years as mayor, Garner, who will be 81 this month, said it’s time for him to let someone else step up to the mayor’s seat. He chose not to seek re-election.

His advice to the next mayor: "Love your people."

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