Dare County Board of Commissioners

The Dare County Board of Commissioners is the governing body of Dare County, North Carolina. It runs in the manner of a county commission. It has seven seats held by elected officials called County Commissioners. The Commissioners are elected at large in countywide elections and serve four-year staggered terms. The Board elects a chairman and vice-chair for a one-year term at its organizational meeting in December.[1]

The Board has countywide responsibility for educational funding, libraries, Parks and Recreation, and tax assessment. The Board is the sole governing body for the unincorporated areas of Dare County including Colington, Martin’s Point, Manns Harbor, Stumpy Point, East Lake, Wanchese, northern Roanoke Island, and all of Hatteras Island. In these areas, the County is responsible for planning and zoning, solid waste management and law enforcement.[2]


  1. District 1: East Lake, Stumpy Point, Manns Harbor, Manteo, Wanchese
  2. District 2: Kill Devil Hills, Colington, Nags Head
  3. District 3: Duck, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk
  4. District 4: Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras


The Board meets on the first Monday of the month at 9:00 AM and the third Monday of each month at 5:00 PM at the Dare County Administrative Annex located at 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive in Manteo.


In 2008, the Board adopted a resolution making English the official language of Dare County. The resolution was crafted by Jack Shea. The Commissioners voting for the resolution were Jack Shea, Richard Johnson, Mike Johnson and Max Dutton. Dissenting Commissioners were Warren Judge, Allen Burrus and Virginia Tillett.[3]

List of Dare County Boards of CommissionersEdit

2014 BoardEdit


Warren Judge

District 3

Kitty Hawk


Southern Shores

Warren Judge, Chairman

Vice Chairman

Allen Burrus

District 4






Allen Burrus, Vice Chairman


Wally Overman

District 1

Roanoke Island

Dare County Mainland

Wally Overman, Commissioner


Virginia Tillett

District 1

Roanoke Island

Dare County Mainland

Virginia Tillett, Commissioner


Max Dutton

District 2

Nags Head


Kill Devil Hills

Max Dutton, Commissioner


Jack Shea

District 5

At Large

Jack Shea, Commissioner


Robert Woodard

District 2

Nags Head


Kill Devil Hills

Bob Woodard, Commissioner

2011 BoardEdit

Chairman: Warren Judge

Vice Chairman: Allen Burrus

District Name Party Year First Elected Present Term Ends
1 Richard Johnson Republican 1996 2012
1 Virginia Tillett Democratic 2002 2014
2 Mike Johnson Republican 2004 2012
2 Max Dutton Democratic 2006 2014
3 Warren Judge Democratic 2000 2012
4 Allen Burrus Democratic 2008 2012
5 Jack Shea Republican 2006 2014

Allen Burrus was appointed to the Board in February 2006 to fill the remaining term of Joseph "Mac" Midgett who died in Jan 2006.[4] Burrus was then elected to the seat in 2008.

2010 ElectionEdit

All incumbent Commissioners ran for re-election in 2010.

  1. Virginia Tillett in District 1 ran unopposed and was re-elected.
  2. Max Dutton in District 2 ran unopposed and was re-elected.
  3. Jack Shea, in District 5 (At-Large District) was challenged by Robin Mann.[5] Shea won re-election 53/47.[6]

2006 ElectionEdit

Max Dutton was elected in 2006 in an upset over incumbent Chairman Stan White, 52% to 48% in the Primary. He was unopposed in the General Election.

Jack Shea was unopposed in the primary. He defeated Rex Tillett in the General Election. Tillett is the nephew of North Carolina State Senator Marc Basnight.

Virginia Tillett won the primary over two challengers, Robin Mann and Sybil Daniels Ross. She defeated John M. Robbins, III in the General Election.


  1. ^ "Office of the Board of Commissioners". Dare County. Archived from the original on July 18, 2011.
  2. ^ "Citizens Guide, Dare County, North Carolina". League of Women Voters. 2012. Archived from the original (pdf) on 2008-08-28.
  3. ^ "Dare County Board's Resolution Endorsing English Divides Community". Virginia Pilot. April 13, 2008.
  4. ^ "Dems to Pick New Commission Member". Outer Banks Sentinel. February 11, 2006. Archived from the original on July 21, 2012.
  5. ^ "County Commissioner Has Reelection Challenge". OBX Alert. March 5, 2010. Archived from the original on May 26, 2010. Retrieved May 5, 2010.
  6. ^ Morris, Rob (November 2, 2010). "Republicans Shea and Doughtie win in Dare County". The Outer Banks Voice.