The Town of Emerald Isle, North Carolina

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Town Manager
Frank Rush

Frank has served as the Town Manager of Emerald Isle since July 2001. Frank holds a BA in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York at Binghamton and an MPA, with a specialization in local government management, from North Carolina State University. He has worked in local government management since 1994, and his career includes stints as the Budget Officer for the City of Wilmington and Assistant to the County Manager in Carteret County.

Frank and his wife Suzanne have lived in Emerald Isle since February 1999 when he began work for Carteret County. They have two young sons, Jacob and Matthew, and live near Osprey Ridge subdivision.  Frank and his family thoroughly enjoy Emerald Isle, and intend to build their lives in Emerald Isle as Frank and the rest of Town staff strive to maintain and improve the excellent quality of life we all enjoy in Emerald Isle!

Public Works Director
Artie Dunn

Artie is the Public Works Director for the Town of Emerald Isle.  He is a native of the area (Bogue).  He has been employed with the Public Works Department since 1991.  From 1998 through 2002 he was the Public Works Supervisor.  Artie is the Mosquito Control Program Coordinator and has been involved with the Sea Turtle Program in Emerald Isle and also sat on the Town’s Safety Committee.  Artie has 4 children Brandon, Allen, Heather and Julia.  He married the woman of his dreams, Gina Burch, on May 22nd, 2004. Gina is a 1st grade teacher at White Oak Elementary and has two boys, Allen and Wesley. They attend Bethlehem United Methodist Church and he sings in the choir and sits on several committees. Artie and Gina settled in Bogue and they have been blessed with a Grandchild, Alyssa Marie Dunn.

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Josh Edmondson


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Town Clerk/ Human Resources
Rhonda Ferebee

Rhonda is Town Clerk / Human Resources Specialist for the Town of Emerald Isle.  She has been responsible for maintaining the Town website since 2001, completing the Leadership Carteret program in that same year.  Rhonda worked as Permit Assistant in the Planning and Inspections Department beginning July 1998, and became Town Clerk in July 2003. Rhonda previously had 15 years of experience in the banking industry in Virginia prior to moving to Carteret County.  She was born and raised in Chesterfield County, Virginia, but having vacationed here on the Crystal Coast since 1980, this has seemed like home for a long time.  Rhonda is married with two wonderful daughters and a sweet and spoiled yellow lab.

Tax Collector
Gayle Parker

Gayle is the Tax Collector for Emerald Isle. She was born and raised in Swansboro. She is a graduate of Swansboro High School, and attended Atlantic Christian College, and completed the Leadership Carteret 2000 program. Before coming to work for the Town of Emerald Isle in 1998, she worked in real estate sales and property management for 20 years. She was initially the Deputy Tax Collector, and was promoted to Tax Collector in 2000. Gayle resides in Cedar Point, attends Midway United Methodist Church, and is a substitute church pianist.



Finance Director
Laura Rotchford

Laura began with the Town as Finance Director, in mid-December, 2014.  She is a CPA, and Certified North Carolina Government Finance Officer.  Laura is originally from Michigan, where she started her career in Finance in the automotive industry.   After moving to North Carolina, Laura gained experience in Local Government Finance.  She holds Masters degrees from both East Carolina University and the University of Michigan-Flint.

Laura moved to Swansboro in 2005.  She and her husband, Joe enjoy spending time outdoors, and can usually be found boating or motorcycle riding during the weekends.  They are members of St. Mildred Catholic Church in Swansboro, and have been blessed with four wonderful grandchildren.

Director of Parks and Recreation
Alesia Sanderson

Alesia is a 1984 graduate of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and Recreation Services. She became Director of Emerald Isle Recreation and Parks in August, 1989. Prior to that she served as Program Director for Craven County, Youth Director for Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, Athletic Director for Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, Recreation Services Coordinator for Resort Services. She has no children, but does have a chocolate lab, "Bailey", whom she loves like a child.

Fire Chief
Bill Walker

Bill has been a member of the Emerald Isle Fire Department since 1987, and has been Chief since 1989. Prior to that he was a member of the "Township Six Fire Department" located near Havelock, and has had experience as an Assistant Club Manager at Cherry Point. He is a native of Havelock. Over the years, Bill has attended and taught numerous firefighting classes. He is also a certified Emergency Medical Technician. He graduated with Honors from Coastal Carolina Community College with an Associate Degree in Fire Science. He and his wife Susan live in Salter Path. 

Police Chief
Jeff Waters

Jeff is a native of Carteret County where he grew up in the Cape Carteret and Emerald Isle area.  Jeff started his career in law enforcement in 1984 as a part time officer. Since being with the department, he has obtained numerous hours of training along with receiving his advanced law enforcement certificate. Jeff also taught the DARE program at White Oak Elementary for 9 years, which he enjoyed greatly being involved with such a special community program. In 2009, Jeff attended the Management Development Program of the NC Justice Academy where he graduated as Class President. Jeff was sworn in as Chief of Police of Emerald Isle on June 11, 2013 after his tenure as interim police chief for over a year and a half.

Jeff, his wife, Niki, and their two sons, Chandler and Chase, make their home in the small town area of Bogue.



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Emerald Isle, North Carolina ~ Incorporated July 1957
7500 Emerald Drive. Emerald Isle, NC 28594
Phone (252) 354-3424, Fax (252) 354-5068