Manteo Town Manager Ayers to leave job

By on October 19, 2021

(Town of Manteo)

James Ayers

In a short release issued late in the afternoon today (Oct. 19), the Town of Manteo has announced the sudden and impending departure of Town Manager James Ayers. Here is the statement.

“Town Manager James Ayers announced today that he will be departing from the Town of Manteo. Mr. Ayers provided a 60-day notice of his departure to the Board of Commissioners in accordance with his employment agreement.

‘I am grateful to the Board of Commissioners and the people of Manteo for the opportunity to serve the local community,’ said Mr. Ayers. ‘It has been an honor to work alongside the many dedicated Town staff members, community volunteers, and elected & appointed officials here in Manteo.’

The Board of Commissioners thanked Mr. Ayers for his ‘hard work and dedicated service to the Town of Manteo.’ The Board will consider its options in filling this key position, and an announcement will be provided at a future date.”

Ayers was hired as the Manteo Town Manager less than three years ago in January 2019, succeeding the retiring Kermit Skinner, who had been Town Manager for more than 30 years.

When he was hired, Ayers had been the general services director for the city of Asheville. He previously served as assistant town manager and director of engineering and public works for the town of Bluffton, S.C., a coastal community near Hilton Head. Prior to that Ayers worked in real estate development and construction management in South Carolina and elsewhere.

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  • Wondering

    What happened to the bribery case involving Manteo town officials? That would seem to be newsworthy however the case ended up. Dismissed? Postponed? Under the rug?

    Tuesday, Oct 19 @ 9:42 pm
  • sandflea

    Needs more time to spend with family?

    Wednesday, Oct 20 @ 9:04 am
  • John Adams

    The bribery investigation? Remember,
    Manteo’s town motto, after all, IS “Whatever you can get away with…”

    Wednesday, Oct 20 @ 2:26 pm
  • concerned citizen

    Mr. Ayers believed in accountability and unfortunately I believe he is being forced out for trying to hold people accountable. Wondering and Mr. Adams I agree with you both. What happened to the investigation? Dare County Politics at its finest. Level of justice is based on who you are and who you know. Curious why our elected officials have let it slide too they must be just as corrupt.

    Wednesday, Oct 20 @ 3:27 pm
  • Otis

    wow, another conspiracy theory. The Trumpers must be leading the charge. Read the paper, this issue was resolved a long time ago and the culprits paid restitution.

    Wednesday, Oct 20 @ 5:38 pm
  • Wondering

    Otis, if that is true then please post a link to the article that says “case closed.” The case was on the NC Court Calendar website and was postponed several times, then vanished with no mention on the OB Voice or any other local media that I could tell. If there was an article in the Voice about the final resolution please let me know.

    Wednesday, Oct 20 @ 8:42 pm
  • shyboy

    I bet Mayor Owens knows why the town manager is leaving…

    Thursday, Oct 21 @ 11:48 pm