Town Welcomes Several New Employees
Het Patel joined the Planning Department on Nov. 6 as senior planner-transportation and land use. He earned a bachelor's degree in environmental studies from the University of Florida and a master's degree in urban and regional planning from Florida State University. Most recently, Patel had been employed as a project planner and GIS analyst for a facilities, infrastructure and aviation consulting firm in Florida.
Mark Hale joined the Public Works Department on Nov. 6 as facilities supervisor. He has spent the better part of his career providing commercial facility management and building engineering services. Most recently, Hale was employed with the Wake County Public School System.
Paul Padgett was promoted to chief fire inspector on Oct. 16. He originally joined the Inspections Department in January 2017 as a supplemental fire inspector. Padgett earned a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety and health from Columbia Southern University. He is a part-time instructor at Wake Technical Community College. Padgett most recently served the Town of Cary as a firefighter and fire code official. He has served in multiple roles for the Pinebluff Fire Department and the Southern Pines Fire Department. Padgett also served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Christopher Gallant joined the Engineering Department as a construction inspector on Oct. 16. He earned an associate’s degree in civil engineering technology from New Brunswick Community College. He most recently worked as a project manager with Northwood Ravin Construction in Morrisville.
Adam Carroll joined the Town of Garner as a communications specialist on Oct. 2. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications/media from N.C. State University. Carroll worked as a broadcast technician for WRAL-TV then joined PEG Media Partners, where he regularly produced videos for the Town of Garner. Many of those videos won statewide and national awards. Through a new arrangement with PEG Media Partners, Carroll will spend most of his time in support of Town-specific media and communications projects (with a focus on video) while occasionally supporting other projects for PEG Media Partners.