I would like to begin this article by thanking Frank Rush for his dedicated service to our Town. For the past 17 years Frank has been such a wonderful and hardworking Town Manager. We are a much better community because of his leadership. I find it difficult to put into words what Frank has meant to Emerald Isle. You need to only look around our beautiful town and see what has been accomplished during his tenure as Town Manager. I was looking over the list of the improvements and accomplishments in our town over the past 17 years and it is just amazing what we have done. We have all worked hard, but I know without Frank’s leadership, vision and guidance, and the great way he worked with the Board of Commissioners and Mayor a lot of these improvements would not have been possible. Thanks Frank for all of your hard work and your dedication to our town.
I will miss Frank on a personal level too. I value his friendship and I know I will miss his caring spirit. It has been my pleasure to work with Frank during the last 5 years as Mayor. I saw firsthand his outstanding work ethic and his love of Emerald Isle.
I would like to wish Frank, Suzanne, Jacob and Matthew all the best in their move to South Lake Tahoe, California. May God be with you and May God Bless you in your new home. The entire Rush family will be missed.
I am pleased to welcome Randy Martin as our Interim Town Manager. Randy has 34 years of experience as a city manager, and recently retired as the City Manager of Franklin, Virginia, where he served since 2012. From 1996- 2012, Randy served as the City Manager of Morehead City, N.C., and he still resides in Morehead City. Emerald Isle is fortunate to have someone of Randy’s caliber and local knowledge at the helm of the Town organization for the next several months while the Board recruits a new Town Manager. Welcome Randy!
The Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation will have their annual “Santa and a Movie” on Friday, December 14 at 6 pm at the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Center. Children of all ages join Santa for a Christmas story after enjoying milk and cookies and watching a Christmas movie classic. Admission fee is one unwrapped gift per child. Space is limited and you must pre-register by Thursday, December 13th at 5 pm. For questions or to register please call 354-6350. This is always a fun night for everyone who attends. I encourage you to sign up early for this popular event.
In closing, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you enjoy the Holidays. May you experience the love, joy and peace of this Holy Season.
Grace and Peace,