Former Duck Manager gets probation in assault case

By on July 15, 2021

Chris Layton (File photo)

The assault case that led to the resignation of Duck Town Manager Chris Layton last summer was resolved in a Dare County courtroom on July 15 when Layton agreed to six months of unsupervised probation in connection with the case.

According to Layton’s counsel, Kris Felthousen, one of the two assault charges against Layton was dismissed and the defendant entered into a deferred prosecution agreement on the other count. Felthousen added that the agreement does not represent a conviction against Layton and said the second count will be dismissed at the end of a successful probation period.

Layton was arrested in his office in the Duck Administration building back on July 15, 2020 and was charged with two counts of assault on his assistant. On July 24, the Duck Town Council accepted his resignation. In January of this year, Layton was named interim town manager in Plymouth. And in February 2021, he was replaced in Duck by newly hired Town Manager Drew Havens.

In February of this year, the Voice reported that the town of Duck had paid out more than $300,000 to two women who had formerly worked for the town and their attorneys in settlements related to allegations of improper behavior by Layton when he was town manager. One of the women was the victim in the assault case.






  • C A

    Seems like an appropriate measure would be to have this, ” gentleman “, pay the $300,00.00 back to the Town of Duck,………wouldn’t it?

    Although understandably a separate litigation.

    Thursday, Jul 15 @ 3:04 pm
  • Anonymous

    This bum Layton should have done time. The entire Town of Duck so called government needs investigated. There is a lot of corruption and mysterious things going on. Money, overpriced and too many police vehicles, unnecessary equipment ordered for the Duck Police Department. They also use town vehicles and gas cards for their personal errands, and going lost distances to their personal homes using police vehicles overnight, gas cards for personal vehicles, unnecessary drones and license plate readers, a military type truck that’s not needed. They constantly give themselves raises and bonuses…all of them. It’s a mini Swamp. It’s time to drain the swamp. They’re all overpaid too. They spent thousands and thousands of dollars on a search for a new town manager and other positions. The entire Town of Duck needs an overhaul and complete audit. Kick the bums out both locally and nationally. It’s Time folks!!

    Thursday, Jul 15 @ 7:14 pm
  • Just sayin

    Anonymous, all a result of an area in Dare county that just “had” to be a Town, that didn’t really need to be a Town. I am thankful that Corolla never made that jump. Duck is like a big HOA. They should consider a name change…maybe…Karen?

    Friday, Jul 16 @ 5:54 am
  • lippy

    Layton’s bad behavior took place right under the noses of Mayor Kingston, Thibideau and Caviniss for YEARS and they did NOTHING to protect the employees! NOTHING!

    The town budget has ballooned under those longtime council members. Now they keep trying to buy vacant lots for hundreds of thousands of OUR TAX dollars! Why? What are they planning to do with it?


    Friday, Jul 16 @ 10:03 am
  • hightider

    I feel sorry for anyone who is bullied, intimidated, or assaulted at work. For some people, simply going to work each day is like walking into a war zone. Basically adjudication is withheld as long as he stays in compliance.

    Friday, Jul 16 @ 2:22 pm
  • Jeff

    Was JUSTICE served? You be the judge

    Friday, Jul 16 @ 8:50 pm
  • daily walker

    Don’t know if his resignation/ firing was the cause; however the grounds around the town center have gone to pot. The amphitheatre work looks like they install one board each day (hopefully they finish it for the 2022 season). Most of the plants along the walkways were dead and removed. Those alive have been chopped back with a chainsaw (it appears) or are in the final stages of dying. Hard to believe that only the “town manager” had enough sense to manage a simple task.

    Saturday, Jul 17 @ 6:56 pm
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