Currituck County Manager Ike McRee to retire

By on February 28, 2024

McRee’s status was a focal point of censure of Commissioner Beaumont

Ike McRee

Update: In an email to the Voice, retiring County Manager Ike McRee stated that, “I announced my retirement to the Board of Commissioners and county department heads on Monday, February 26.  Chairman White is correct, my contract automatically renewed for an additional three-year term.”


Currituck County Manager Ike McRee will be retiring from that post on April 1 of this year, the county reported on Wednesday, Feb. 28. News of his retirement was included in a press release announcing that the Currituck Board of Commissioners would meet on Friday, March 1 at 5 p.m. to “discuss a succession plan” to fill that post.

McRee, who had been Currituck County Attorney, was named county manager in January 2022 after having served as interim county manager following the departure of Ben Stikeleather. He began his career as a local government attorney in May 1989, when he was appointed Currituck County Attorney. After continuing in that capacity for other county governments in North Carolina, he returned to Currituck County in 2008 when he again accepted the position as county attorney.

McRee’s current status as county manager played a central role in the dramatic Feb. 15 censure of Currituck County Commissioner Paul Beaumont by his fellow commissioners. The censure resolution basically accused Beaumont of improperly and inaccurately leaking information that the commissioners had decided not to renew the contract of McRee at a closed meeting in October and then launching an unauthorized search to hire a replacement for him.

During a lengthy Jan. 31 statement discussing the Beaumont situation and foreshadowing the censure decision, Currituck County Board of Commissioners Chair Bob White wrote that “Ike McRee is still under contract to serve as County Manager. As Ike McRee’s contract was set to renew, we had discussion about that. As of today, his contract has now been renewed for a term of 3 years.”

When reached by the Voice about McRee’s pending retirement, White said he had no comment for the moment, noting that “We need to meet and map out our way forward.”

McRee could not be reached for comment as of deadline for this story.

SEE ALSO: Currituck Commissioners Censure Paul Beaumont

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  • Hooray

    There wasn’t a bigger threat to the Currituck Outer Banks residents and property owners than “Ike” McRee. Good riddance.

    Thursday, Feb 29 @ 2:47 am