Town Manager & Administration

Frank Rush

Town Manager

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!

Laura Rotchford

Finance Director

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 five wonderful grandchildren.

Rhonda Ferebee

Town Clerk / Human Resources

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 before moving here full-time, this has seemed like home for a long time. Rhonda is married with two wonderful daughters.