By Outer Banks Voice on January 7, 2021
The Duck Town Council voted unanimously on Jan. 6 to appoint Drew Havens as the new town manager, starting February 15. Havens brings more than 20 years of municipal management experience, most recently in the town of Apex, North Carolina.
The council contracted with Developmental Associates of Chapel Hill to conduct the search to fill the manager vacancy. Mayor Don Kingston addressed the decision, saying, “The council conducted an extensive search process starting in August of last year, reviewing and deliberating on numerous well-qualified candidates. Drew was selected for his leadership capabilities, outstanding qualifications, and experiences.”
Havens succeeds Chris Layton, whose resignation as town manager in late July came shortly after his arrest for assault on his assistant. Joe Heard was then named to the position of interim town manager.
Havens graduated from Syracuse University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts, with a Political Science concentration. He received his Master of Public Administration in 2009 from Walden University in Minneapolis. In addition to municipal management experience in small and large towns, Havens had an early career in public safety as a police officer and firefighter.
“I am humbled by the opportunity to work with the mayor, council, and a great group of professional staff members to continue to provide a high level of quality service to those who live in and visit Duck,” said Havens.
The new town manager will be in attendance for the council retreat scheduled for February 17 & 18. The retreat will be livestreamed for the public and will include chances to engage remotely with staff and council members. The town will offer additional virtual opportunities to meet the new town manager in the coming months.