By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on July 24, 2020
After nearly two hours of meeting in closed session, the Duck Town Council voted at a special July 24 meeting to “accept the resignation of Town Manager Chris Layton, effective immediately.”
The move comes after Layton had been placed on administrative leave following a July 15 arrest for two counts of assault on his assistant. After an arrest in his office, Layton had been released from custody on a $5,000 unsecured bond with a trial date set for Aug. 21.
Following the vote to accept Layton’s resignation, the council voted unanimously to appoint Joe Heard to the position of interim town manager. Heard was also appointed as the town finance officer on an interim basis.