KDH mourns passing of former Mayor Ray Sturza

By on November 26, 2019

(Kill Devil Hills)

The Town of Kill Devil Hills expresses its deepest sympathy on news that former Kill Devil Hills Mayor, Raymond Paul Sturza II, passed away over the weekend.

Born April 3, 1953, Ray Sturza achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and a Master of Science in Planning/Public Administration from East Carolina University. Prior to working for the Town of Kill Devil Hills, he served as the planning director for Washington County, North Carolina, where he oversaw development of its Land Use Plan.

Sturza began working with the Town of Kill Devil Hills in September 1982 as the town planner and was promoted to become the Town’s first planning director in 1985.

Some accomplishments during his tenure include a Coastal and Estuarine Water Beach Access Award from the Office of Coastal Management, overseeing the development of the KDH Public Beach Access House (now what is the Ocean Bay Regional Bathhouse), and an award to Kill Devil Hills of a coastal and estuarine water beach access grant through the N.C. Coastal Management Program.

He also contributed to the “Cities on the Beach” conference on the Management of Developed Coastal Barriers, sponsored by the Land and Water Policy Center of the University of Massachusetts. Sturza completed State of North Carolina training in the proper administration of the minor development permit program under the Coastal Area Management Act.

In 1987, he began his service in the Dare County Planning Department until he was promoted to the Dare County Planning Director in 1990. He retired in October 2010 and served as a consultant in later years.

His appointed and elected service to the Town of Kill Devil Hills began when he was appointed as an alternate member to the planning board in 1989. He served as a member on that board until March 2003, when he was appointed to the Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners following a member’s resignation. Luck was on Sturza’s side when he won a coin toss to be appointed commissioner, and he was subsequently elected and reelected to fill the position.

Sturza was elected by the Board to serve as the mayor pro tem and was then appointed by the commissioners as mayor of Kill Devil Hills on Jan. 16, 2007, to fill the unexpired term left by the resignation of Mayor Chuck Ball. Sturza then served as mayor for two additional terms through December 2011.

A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church in Kitty Hawk.


 A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at Holy Redeemer by the Sea Catholic Church in Kitty Hawk by Father John Hanley, osfs.
Twiford Funeral Home, Outer Banks is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences and memories can be shared at www.TwifordFH.com.

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