NC - Carteret County hires Division of Coastal Management staffer Ryan Davenport as next shore protection office manager

EMERALD ISLE — Carteret County officials announced Tuesday afternoon they have hired Ryan Davenport of the state Division of Coastal Management as shore protection officer manager, replacing Greg Rudolph, who resigned in November after 20 years in the job in order to pursue new opportunities.

Mr. Davenport was chosen from a pool of more than 20 qualified applicants, according to a news release from the county.

“We are proud and excited to have someone of Ryan’s caliber join the county and help lead the Shore Protection Office through the current challenging issues and those that are on the horizon,” said Ed Wheatly, Carteret County Board of Commissioners chairman. “He has an excellent background which is well suited to take on the responsibilities of this position.”

Mr. Davenport has more than 20 years of local, state and federal coastal management experience. For the past 14 years, he has been employed by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality as senior environmental specialist of the Division of Coastal Management.


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His experience also includes work as environmental planner for the Department of Land and Natural Resources for the state of Hawaii and field representative for the N.C. Division of Coastal Management. His expertise includes leadership, resource regulation, project management, strategic planning and community outreach, according to the release.

“We are excited to welcome Ryan as our Shore Protection Manager and lead the charge in managing the 50-year beach master nourishment plan,” Jim Normile, Carteret County Beach Commission chairperson said in the release. “The recent increase of lodging occupancy tax dollars has nearly replenished funds expended post-hurricane Florence. This will afford Ryan a keen opportunity to begin 2022 in our scientific search for future offshore sand resources to position Bogue Banks beaches and infrastructure for a healthy, sustainable future.”

Mr. Davenport said he was excited to take the position.

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