Dare County has declared a State of Emergency due to the unprecedented public health threat posed by COVID-19 and determined that restrictions and prohibitions are necessary to protect public health and safety and are also in keeping with the President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America. Visitors and non-resident property owners are prohibited from entering Dare County. View details at   Click here for the latest information on COVID-19. 



Drew Pearson, Director


Steve Kovacs, Fire Marshal


James Wooten, Planner




Control Group

In multi-jurisdictional emergencies/disasters, direction and control will be managed by the Dare County Control Group, consisting of the Dare County Chairman of the Board of Commissioners, the five municipal mayors, the Superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and the Dare County Sheriff.

Emergency Information will be disseminated through media outlets under the direction of the Control Group.

  • Robert Woodard, Chairman, Control Group
  • Don Kingston, Duck
  • Tom Bennett, Mayor, Southern Shores
  • Gary Perry, Mayor, Kitty Hawk
  • Ben Sproul, Mayor, Kill Devil Hills
  • Ben Cahoon, Mayor, Nags Head
  • Bobby Owens, Mayor, Manteo
  • Dave Hallac, Superintendent, National Park Service
  • Doug Doughtie, Sheriff