Heikens elected to fill KDH Commissioner’s seat

By on February 6, 2024

Timothy Dillon Heikens is the newest member of the Kill Devil Hills Board of Commissioners. (Photo credit: Kip Tabb/OBV)

By a vote of 3-1 at their Feb. 5 meeting, the Kill Devil Hills Commissioners selected Timothy Dillon Heikens to fill a vacant seat on the five-member board created when Mayor John Windley defeated Ben Sproul in the November 2023 election.

Heikens, a member of the Kill Devil Hills Planning Board, has been active in a number of town organizations.

There were eight candidates under consideration by the council with names submitted to Town Clerk Michael O’Dell, by the Jan. 16 deadline. The candidates, identified at the meeting by O’Dell, were Timothy Dillon Heikens, Harvey Hess Jr., Kim James, Nelson (Skip) Jones, Jr., Mary Louise (Sandie) Markland, Sterling D. Sadler, Ronald Seidman II and Ann Wood.

O’Dell told the commissioners they could vote for only one candidate and that they were required to sign their ballots. The ballots will be available to the public as part of the “board’s commitment to this transparent process,” O’Dell said.

After tabulating the results O’Dell noted there had been one vote for Ronald Seidman and three votes for Heikens. The council voted unanimously on the motion to have Heikens fill the vacant seat.

After the vote council members thanked the applicants, noting that deciding among the eight candidates was a difficult decision.

“We had eight very strong candidates to fill our vacancy on the board. And it was a very, very tough decision,” Mayor John Windley said. “But I got to speak with everybody…Thank you all for showing interest and applying. You didn’t make it easy on us.”

Heikens, who bought his house in Kill Devil Hills in 2017, spoke to the Voice after the meeting. Noting he had always had an interest in government, he said he had made a point of coming to the commissioners’ meetings.

Heikens told the Voice he had served on a number of town boards, including the West side Recreation Committee and Historic Landmarks Commission. More recently, “I’ve been on the Planning Board for a couple of years now,” he said.

Asked if he had any particular priorities, Heikens said he was simply looking forward to serving on town council.

“I don’t have any special agenda. I look forward to continuing to serve the town,” he said, adding, “This is a this is a great board. A very cohesive unit.”

Heikens will be seated and take the oath of office at the next town council meeting on March 6. His term on the board will expire in December 2025.

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