Off Duty

HR chief enjoys cooking, outdoors

pseligson@newsobserver.comMarch 3, 2014 

Tim Kerigan, Smithfield’s Human Resources director and public information officer


In “Off Duty,” the Smithfield Herald asks community leaders about their interests – what they’re reading, what they’re listening to, what they’re watching.

Tim Kerigan, 41, is Smithfield’s human resources director and public information officer. He started in Smithfield in 2012.

In his job, Kerigan supports the town’s employees, helps hire new ones and makes sure information about the town gets out to the public.

He graduated from Florida State University in 1994 with a degree in health education. There, he met his wife, Alison, who played basketball for the Seminoles. They married in 1996. Kerigan then earned a graduate degree in sports-business management from Northern Illinois University in 1997.

The couple has two kids, Cully, an eight-grader at Smithfield Middle School, and Riley, a sixth-grader at Clayton Middle School. Both love sports, a love that runs in the family.

What are your hobbies? Cooking, fishing, sports card collecting, playing sports and doing pretty much anything outdoors.

What music have you been listening to lately? Jack Johnson, Jimmy Buffett, Michael McCloud, the Zac Brown Band and the Black Eyed Peas. Because it’s all feel-good music (or my son left it in the player).

What books are you currently reading? I don’t always read novels, but when I do, some of the authors I enjoy are Carl Hiassen, Hunter S. Thompson and David Sedaris.

What is your favorite television show? “Mike & Mike in the Morning” on ESPN2 and ESPN Radio. It helps me start off the morning with a laugh and a smile.

If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would you dine with? Easy. While there are many historical figures that would make for great table talk, I would choose my wife and children over anyone else.

Describe a perfect day. Wake before everyone else. Load the boats with friends and family. Some of us fish; some of us just relax. Later, clean and cook our catch. Finish the evening gathered around a bonfire.

What is the most fascinating place you’ve been to? Europe. It was to celebrate our 10-year anniversary. It was only my wife and I; we left the kids with Alison’s parents. We backpacked for just over two weeks. We scheduled our flight in, flight out and our first night’s hotel room. That’s it. Everything else was on the fly. Great adventure.

What is the one food you can’t resist? I love anything smoked or barbecued but absolutely can’t resist wings.

If you had to perform in a talent show, what would your talent be? It would have to be a barbecue contest. I’ve been cooking for large groups since I was about 13 years old. I’ve cooked for groups of up to 100 people.

What is something that some might be surprised to know about you? After college, I turned down an offer to be the athletic trainer for the Florida Marlins’ Single A baseball team in Utica, N.Y. Chose family over travel and have a wonderful family to show for it. Also, was co-owner of a restaurant, Mango Marley’s, before moving to Smithfield.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? What? Now, I’m in therapy? OK, I would take more time for myself.

What is your most embarrassing moment? While dating in college, I was playing a pickup basketball game with my wife and others and I shot one over the backboard. She loves this story. I don’t remember it quite the way she does.

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