The Board of Commissioners serve the people of Dare County. At each meeting they remind themselves of their public service mission by placing the following question at the top of their agenda — “How will these decisions impact our children and families?” 

Dare County is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners who conduct public meetings on a regularly scheduled basis. The Board of Commissioners appoints the County Manager who is the administrative head responsible for executing policy implementation. The Board also appoints the Clerk to the Board.

Commissioners are elected to four year staggered terms. Elections are held in November of even-numbered years, and new board members take office on the first Monday in December following the November election. At this meeting, the board also elects its Chairman and Vice Chairman.

While the entire County votes for each of the Commissioners who fill the seven seats, six of those seven Commissioners must reside in one of the specific legislative districts within Dare County. The seventh Commissioner is elected at large and can reside in any of the districts.

 District
 1     Roanoke Island, Dare County Mainland   2 Commissioners
 2  Nags Head, Colington, Kill Devil Hills  2 Commissioners
 3  Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Duck  1 Commissioner
 4  Hatteras Island  1 Commissioner
 5  At Large  1 Commissioner

The Board of Commissioners serves the people of Dare County by carrying out the responsibilities set forth by the North Carolina General Statutes, including:

  • Adopting an annual budget
  • Establishing the property tax rate
  • Conducting public hearings and meetings
  • Establishing fees and comprehensive use plans
  • Setting policies, goals and objectives to direct County growth
  • Entering into written contractual or legal obligations for the County
  • Adopting ordinances, rules and regulations for the general welfare

CLERK TO THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS 

The Clerk to the Board of Commissioners is appointed by the Board and serves as the custodian of the County seal and maintains the official records of meetings, resolutions, and administrative actions. The Clerk is also responsible for preparing meeting agendas.

Minutes of Commissioner meetings are available on the website under “Meeting Agendas, Minutes & Videos” and are also recorded in the office of the Register of Deeds at the Dare County Justice Center, 962 Marshall C. Collins Drive, Manteo and available for public inspection.

District  
1

Roanoke Island, Dare County Mainland

2 Commissioners

2

Nags Head, Colington, Kill Devil Hills

2 Commissioners
3

Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Duck

1 Commissioner
4

Hatteras Island - Chicamacomico, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras

1 Commissioner
5

At Large

1 Commissioner

District  
1

Roanoke Island, Dare County Mainland

2 Commissioners

2

Nags Head, Colington, Kill Devil Hills

2 Commissioners
3

Kitty Hawk, Southern Shores, Duck

1 Commissioner
4

Hatteras Island - Chicamacomico, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras

1 Commissioner
5

At Large

1 Commissioner