Kitty Hawk Police Chief Johnson retires on Feb. 1, search on for successor

By on February 1, 2023

Chief Johnson.

As of today, Feb. 1, Kitty Hawk Police Chief Joel Johnson will be retiring from that post and the town is conducting a search for his successor. Back in October, Kitty Hawk broke ground on a new police station at the former site of the Sentara Medical Center.

Here is the information from the town.

After 30 years in law enforcement and nearly 22 years of service with the Kitty Hawk Police Department, Chief Joel Johnson will be retiring effective February 1. Chief Johnson has served as the Town’s Chief for over 10 years and has made numerous positive changes within the department during his tenure as Chief.

During Chief Johnson’s tenure, the department has faced significant challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, changing national sentiment towards law enforcement, increased drug abuse and growing mental health issues in our community as well as staffing and lack of essential workforce housing. Through it all, he has received numerous commendations recognizing him for his community-oriented approach in helping residents and visitors.

Please join the Town Council and staff in thanking Chief Johnson for his service.  Congratulations on your retirement and your contributions to the Outer Banks community.

The Town is currently accepting applications for qualified Police Chief candidates. During the recruitment process and transition, Lieutenant James Helms has been named Interim Police Chief. He can be reached at or 252-261-3895.




Notice of Public Auction

The public will take notice that the Dare County Tourism Board, at its meeting of October 20, 2022, adopted Resolution 2022-5 authorizing the sale of surplus personal property by public auction.

Saturday, April 1, 2023.

6708 S. Croatan Highway

Nags Head, NC 27959

10am: Back of the House Auction – Complete Commercial Kitchen

Partial List: True refrigerators and coolers, Hatco drawer warmers, Hobart mixer, Vulcan, 6 & 10 burner gas ovens/stoves, Vulcan 2 basket gas fryer, Vulcan 2-door oven, stainless prep tables, DCS 6 burner LPAS range & oven, Hobart dishwasher, pots & pans & more.

2pm: Front of the House Auction – Selling Everything in the Building + Architectural Salvage by room

Partial List: Antique ships wheel chandelier, Nautical & pirate decor, sword & pistol displays, polyword tables & chairs, ship models, nautical lanterns, art, commercial bar equipment, tables and chairs, NC decoys, fish mounts, signal cannon, architectural salvage, Several bars, pirate bar & more.

Preview 3/31: 11 AM – 5 PM & Auction Day starting @ 9am
Online Absentee Bidding Catalog Closes: 3/31 @ 8pm
Catalog + Thousands of photos @ SSAOBX.HIBID.COM
Island Auction Co. (252)489-5513 – Jason P. Humphries, Auctioneer NCAL #8423
Visa / MC / Cash / Good Check – NC Sales Tax, 15% Buyers Premium


  • Just a mom

    Thank you for service!

    Wednesday, Feb 1 @ 11:45 am
  • Mike Eubank


    May your years in retirement match and exceed your career and service to the folks in Kitty Hawk and local community….enjoy!

    Wednesday, Feb 1 @ 3:16 pm
  • mike honcho

    Congrats on your retirement sir!!Thanks for you service!! x-a134

    Wednesday, Feb 1 @ 5:31 pm
  • Timothy Kling

    Congratulations, Joel on a job well done!
    Dr Kling

    Thursday, Feb 2 @ 6:57 am