Dare County



It pays to be a high-level County employee in Dare County. According to a 2009 UNC School of Government Report, our top administrators are some of the highest paid in the state, earning comparable salaries to administrators in some of the biggest counties.

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It pays to be a high-level County employee in Dare County. According to a 2009 UNC School of Government Report, our top administrators are some of the highest paid in the state, earning comparable salaries to administrators in some of the biggest counties.

Board of Elections:

The Board of Elections Director in Dare County is the 9th highest paid in the state (out of 100), earning $76,496.

Counties with similar cost of living indices and/or populations pay their Board of Elections Directors considerably less.  For instance, Macon County has an identical population and cost of living index yet pays their BoE Director 47% less.

 

Finance Director:

Dare County’s Finance Director is the 4th highest paid in the state, earning a salary of $141,285, more than the Finance Directors in Wake and Durham counties. (more…)


Under heavy fire for orchestrating a so-called ‘hunting program’ for selected youths on county property using appropriated county equipment, Commissioner Mike Johnson has now been found to have been using the power of his office to solicit donations for a religious organization.  Johnson used his county email account to promote and solicit donations for Cross Trail Outfitters (CTO), a Christian based hunting and fishing club, with which he is affiliated.  This is in clear violation of county policy, state ethical standards and plain old common sense.

Johnson’s public promotion of  CTO, began as early as Feb 2010.  County records indicate there are at least 2,000 emails between 2010 and 2011 that were either to or from Commissioner Mike Johnson’s county e-mail account that either related to his work with CTO or contained the following signature block: (more…)


The allegedly non-partisan OBX Chamber of Commerce is now posting Democratic Party political events on their website.  The recent Dare County Democratic Party Social was posted on the Chamber’s Event Calendar.

Truth or Dare is wondering how posting events for the Dare Dems fits in with the mission of the Chamber which is,

Promoting and developing the economic prosperity of our business community through leadership, advocacy, relationship development and innovation.

I suppose the thinking is that if you’re not a registered Democrat in Dare County, your chances of economic prosperity, leadership and relationship development will be limited.  Therefore (more…)


The Dare County Board of Commissioners today rejected County Manager Outten’s proposal to ban smoking on all Dare County property.  The final vote was 3-4.  The motion to adopt the proposal was brought by Vice Chair Allen Burrus and seconded by Max Dutton  Commissioners voting for the ban were Chairman Warren Judge, Vice Chair Allen Burrus and Max Dutton.  Those opposed were Mike Johnson, Jack Shea, Richard Johnson and Virginia Tillett.  The highly controversial proposal would have banned smoking in all county cars and on all outdoor property owned, leased or occupied by Dare County.   Smoking is already banned inside County buildings.


At the next Commissioners’ meeting on Monday, June 6th, County Manage Bobby Outten proposes to nominate himself Nanny-in-Chief.  He plans to introduce a resolution to ban smoking on all public property including public buildings, public vehicles and any grounds owned, leased or occupied by the County.   This ban would apply to all employees, contractors and volunteers.  His proposal would also require certain county employees to confront offenders and advise them  to cease their deleterious activity.   Click here to download the proposed ban

Outten’s Crusade, according to Outer Banks Voice, is to (more…)


Marc Basnight announced today that he is retiring from the NC State Senate effective January 25th.  He cited health reasons.

Please, pretty please, can I say it?  Thank you.  I told you so!  Rembember this post? All you Democrats who poo-pooed my prediction, what say you now?

With the cat finally out of the bag, the Democratic Party of the eight counties in State Senatorial District 1 will now work on nominating a replacement for him.  The voters of District 1 will have no say.  We had our say on November 2nd and we blew it.   Here’s how it will work.  (more…)

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