Mayor & Board of Commissioners

Emerald Isle has a Manager/Council Form of Government, which consists of a Mayor and five Board Members. The Mayor of Emerald Isle is elected every 4 years to serve a 4-year term. Of the 5-member Board of Commissioners, 4 of the members will now serve 4-year terms, while the 5th member will serve a 2-year term.

Eddie Barber


Eddie was first elected in November 2013 and was re-elected to his second 4-year term as Mayor of Emerald Isle in November 2017. Eddie is a retired United Methodist Minister, serving churches in eastern North Carolina.  He was also a past Trustee of the Methodist Home for Children. Eddie holds a B.A. in History, and Master of Divinity. Eddie served on the Emerald Isle Land Use Steering Committee and the Emerald Isle Planning Board from 2004 through 2013, serving as Vice-Chair from 2009 through 2013. Eddie served on the Board of Directors of Methodist University, and is active in Hope for the Warriors.  Eddie is currently a member of the Carteret County Tourism Development Authority, and was the past Chair of the Down East RPO, and past chair Person of the Crystal Coast Mayors Association. He's been involved the Emerald Isle Business Association.

He has three grown children living in Carteret County; Heather, Chris and Andrew, in addition to his grandchildren; Cameron, Hillary, Eli, Daniel and Henry. His granddaughter Allison lives in Texas. 

Floyd Messer, Jr.

Mayor Pro-Tem

Floyd has served on the Emerald Isle Town Board, since being elected in November 2001. He became Mayor Pro-Tem in December 2003. He has been a homeowner and full-time resident since 1988.

A native of North Carolina, Floyd graduated from Nashville High School and attended both Atlantic Christian College and Campbell University. Prior to relocating to Emerald Isle, he lived in Farmville, North Carolina for 23 years.

Floyd owned and operated Ketterer Realty for fourteen years. His reputation for providing excellent service to his customers and homeowners have prepared him well for serving the entire Emerald Isle community as Commissioner.

He was appointed to serve on the Carteret County's Board of Adjustments in 1993, serving 12 years. He has served two terms as President of the Emerald Isle Business Association. Additionally, he has served as the City Executive for Bank of America in Morehead City as well as the Board of Directors of First Union National Bank in Farmville, North Carolina. He has held a North Carolina Real Estate Broker's License since 1988. Floyd was appointed by the Governor of North Carolina to serve as a Trustee at Carteret Community College and also served as Chairman of the Carteret Community College Foundation Board.  

Floyd continues to enjoy retirement, golf and collector cars. He has four children, five grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

Candace Dooley


Candace was elected in November 2015 and is serving her first term as a commissioner. She served for 2 years on the Planning Board prior to being elected. She also served on the Economic and Development Steering Committee in 2013 where she found her passion for serving her community.

Candace attended the University of South Carolina's Darla School of Business. She is a small business owner and also works in management. She has been the director of the Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K since its creation in 2014. As an avid runner, she is extremely pleased to have the privilege to give 50% of the race proceeds to the Emerald Isle Multi Use path every year.

Candace was born and raised in Greenville, SC and moved to Emerald Isle in 2005. She and her husband, Patrick, enjoy spending time with their two children, boating, traveling and running.

Steve Finch


Steve Finch was elected to serve a four-year term as an Emerald Isle Commissioner in November, 2015.

Steve was born in Goldsboro, NC in 1951.  He began his career in the electrical industry after graduating from Cary Senior High School.  After years of training and classes, he achieved an Unlimited Electrical Contractors license in the State of North Carolina.  Finch Electrical Service, Inc. in Raleigh, NC, was owned and operated by Steve for 32 years.

Steve currently serves on the board of the Morehead City Police Crime Stoppers, E.I. Neighborhood Watch, and is an active member of Emerald Isle Baptist Church.

Steve and his wife, Robin, have called Emerald Isle home since retiring in 2006.  He has a son, Craig, and two grandsons, Colin and Aaron, who live in Clayton, NC.  He enjoys playing golf in his spare time.

Jim Normile


Jim Normile was appointed a Commissioner on August 27, 2014, following the untimely passing of Commissioner Nita Hedreen. He has been re-elected for two additional terms.

His previous appointments include: EI Planning Board, Board of Adjustment, EI Economic Development Strategic Plan Committee, Carteret County Board of Equalization & Review, Carteret Economic Development Council Board of Directors, Chairman of the EI CAMA Land Use Plan Steering Committee, Carteret Economic Development Strategic Planning, and the NC League of Municipalities Broadband Task Force. 

His current appointments include: Chairman of the Carteret County Beach Commission, Board of Directors of the NC Beach Inlet Waterway Association, and Connected Carteret Coalition for Digital Inclusion. 

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science, Real Estate, Summa Cum Laude and Executive Master of Business Administration diplomas. He has been recognized as a Realtor of the Year; nationally ranked in the Wall Street Journal's Top Agents in America; featured in America's Top Agent Magazine; inducted into the RE/MAX Hall of Fame; and is a published author in respect to real estate competing intelligence and SWOT analysis.

Prior to his real estate career, Jim retired honorably from the U.S. Marine Corps. He served our nation in every climate and place as an Infantryman and Counterintelligence Officer, including three combat tours. He retired as the Commanding Officer of the 2nd CI/HUMINT Company.

Jim and his wife, Elaine, have been permanent residents of Emerald Isle for 20+ years as proprietors of the Emerald Isle Inn. Avid saltwater anglers, they can be found on Bogue Sound or Onslow Bay aboard the Lady E when time permits. 

The couple has been married for 35 years, and has two children and five grandchildren residing in North Carolina.

Mark Taylor


Mark Taylor was elected to serve a four-year term as an Emerald Isle Commissioner in November, 2017.

Mark grew up in the small town of Eden, N.C. just outside of Greensboro and spent his summers in Emerald Isle vacationing with his parents and two brothers. Over the years of vacationing his love for Emerald Isle was born.

Mark met his wife Tonya shortly out of high school while attending a local community college. Tonya, like Mark, spent her childhood summers growing up in Emerald Isle. During her visits her love for the island was also born.

They both continued their education with Mark focusing in Aviation. He now holds a Bachelor of Science in Aviation and is currently an airline Captain. Mark also enjoys working in real estate as a broker and as a N.C. licensed Auctioneer.

Mark and Tonya’s love of Emerald Isle continued to grow over the years. In 2008 they decided to move their family to Emerald Isle. Their daughter graduated from East Carolina University and their son attends Croatan High School.

Mark started serving the citizens of Emerald Isle when he was appointed to the planning board in 2015. During his time on the board his love for the Island and its people continued to grow. After learning that Commissioner Wright was not going to seek reelection, he decided to run for commissioner so he could further serve the citizens of Emerald Isle.

You can find Mark and his family enjoying the beaches all year. They enjoy fishing, boating, walking on the beach and hunting for antiques.