By Michelle Wagner | Outer Banks Voice on July 22, 2019
After nearly a decade of serving in that post, Southern Shores Town Manager Peter Rascoe announced his retirement in a July 19 letter to the Town Council. While his departure is effective Sept. 1, Rascoe indicated that his last day on the job will be Aug. 16 in order to utilize available leave.
“I am privileged and honored to have served as the Town Manager of the Town of Southern Shores for the past nine years,” Rascoe wrote in the letter. He noted that he although he was grateful for the option to continue as town manager until 2023, “after careful consideration including discussion with my family, I have chosen to take the full retirement benefit option now available to me.”
Deputy Town Manager Wes Haskett will act as town manager during his leave period and Rascoe recommended that the council also appoint Haskett as interim town manager effective Sept. 1 for a period of at least six months to “consider and adopt a suitable search process” to fill his post.
Whether there is any connection or not to the rough-and-tumble nature of Southern Shores politics, Rascoe makes the third town official in recent days to announce he was stepping away from his position. Two Southern Shores Town Council incumbents up for re-election this fall — Chris Nason and Gary McDonald — have decided not to run again.
Before taking his position in Southern Shores, Rascoe worked for Chowan County for about a decade, first as county attorney and the last two years of his tenure there as county manager. A native of northeastern North Carolina, he also practiced law in Edenton, serving as town attorney for the Town of Columbia.
A graduate of North Carolina State University and University of South Carolina School of Law, Rascoe also served as an Associate Attorney General with the N.C. Department of Justice and in 2013, he retired as a Commander after 30 years in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. He has also served on a number of local boards through the years, including the First Flight Society and the Coastal Studies Institute Foundation.
When contacted about an interview, Rascoe declined to participate unless the reporter accepted a number of preconditions regarding the kind of topics that could be discussed and the people who could be interviewed for the story. The Voice declined.
Correction and Editor’s Note:
After the Voice posted a July 22 article on the retirement of Southern Shores Town Manager Peter Rascoe, someone posted critical comments about Rascoe falsely identifying him or herself as Southern Shores Planning Board Member Andy Ward. At the Voice, we take responsibility for not scrutinizing the comment more closely before allowing it to be posted, and it was quickly taken down. We want to encourage a lively public discussion on this site, but comments are moderated to weed out such things as potentially libelous statements or gratuitous personal attacks. We will also be vigilant that the Voice is not used as a forum for imposters, as in this case. In that vein, it is worth noting that an IP address can be used to track geographical location.