Duck names Drew Havens as town manager

By on January 7, 2021

(Town of Duck)

Drew Havens

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.








  • Ray

    Duck has a 16 plus million dollar budget this year , the bike paths and crosswalks are dark & unlit , there aren’t even close to enough lifeguards , and duck pours millions of dollars into the ocean each year ( beach replenishment) which washes out the 1st month after , and though the beach is Ducks biggest and best asset , a bad solution is no solution !
    The bike path / boardwalk/ beach &
    Crosswalks are great and need to be bettered , I hat do we get for the 16 million dollars budgeted this year , a giant police force with roughly a dozen paid employees with benefits and vehicles / gas / buildings etc , to help the crime riddles neighborhoods of Duck , and millions to pay off past beach replenishments, real estate purchases and “staffing “ ….. for what ? Duck offers minimal town amenities except policing . Duck does have a great fire truck / fire crew which is a necessity , the rest of the budget needs trimming and rethinking . There are over 16 million reasons why !

    Friday, Jan 8 @ 11:39 am
  • Lippy

    We should have lifeguards along the entire beach in Duck. The town can certainly afford the cost.

    Why do town employees get an automatice 3% raise each year? SSI increase was only 1.5% this year. Oh that’s right, our previous town manager gave raises to himself and others and the clueless council placed their trust in him.

    Saturday, Jan 9 @ 11:57 am