NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH | The Town of North Topsail Beach has a new town manager.
Bryan Chadwick, who previously served as town manager at Indian Beach in Carteret County, has moved from one beach town to another and began work at North Topsail Beach the week of June 25.
He answered a few questions from The Daily News about his new position:
Name: Bryan R. Chadwick
Position: Town Manager
Tell us a little about your background in local government.
I started in local government 18 years ago as a police officer for a beach town in Carteret County. During that time, I enrolled in graduate school and received my masters in public administration. I then went on to be the planner for the N.C. State Highway Patrol. I was the grants administrator for the Highway Patrol and assisted in their strategic planning. I then returned to Carteret County and became the first town manager of Indian Beach.
What attracted you to the town manager position at North Topsail Beach?
I had a couple of manager colleagues contact me about the position. Being a beach town, North Topsail Beach deals with many of the same issues as Indian Beach, but there are some new challenges as well such as sand bag revetment and inlet erosion. I look forward to the opportunity to grow as a manager and working towards solving problems.
The staff also made it enticing to me. Once I met them during the interview process, I knew this was a wonderful place to work. Their breadth of knowledge and love for the town showed within the first 10 minutes of the interview. Having employees like this is essential in creating a town that is enjoyed by residents and guests.
The shoreline program/beach nourishment is a major issue for NTB. Is this something you have experience with?
Having managed a beach town, I have had to deal with critical habitats, shoreline protection and beach renourishment issues and I am familiar with most of the local, state, and federal stakeholders. While there are some differences, I believe my past experience in Indian Beach provided me a solid foundation to work with on these issues.
What do you see as the challenges/strengths for the town?
NTB has a strong board that only wants the best for the town. Their primary focus is the safety and welfare of the town’s citizens, property-owners and visitors. Another strength is the town staff. This staff is extremely professional and knowledgeable of issues involving the town and the area.
In my opinion there are three major challenges affecting the town. One is beach erosion, especially at the north end of the island. This erosion is having a direct impact on homes in that and other areas. A solution that is longer-term is needed throughout town.
Secondly is inlet management at New River Inlet. This inlet is important not only to North Topsail Beach residents, property owners and visitors, but commercial fishermen and the military.
Thirdly is the federal designation of several miles of our beach as Coastal Barrier Resources Act (CBRA). This designation has a direct impact on federal funding to help maintain those beaches and any reimbursement from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). If it is not changed, it will be harder to maintain and regularly nourish these parts of the town.
What are your goals for your first days in office?
I have been and will continue to work with the Board of Aldermen in helping them to clearly establish their goals for the town. I will also be meeting with other local, state and federal stakeholders. Relationships are important in tackling big issues. We can get a lot accomplished when working together. I also will be working with town staff to get a better understanding of what they need to accomplish their mission in each individual department.
Tell us a little about you/you family. What are some of your interests outside of manager duties?
I grew up in Carteret County in a little community called Mill Creek where I learned how to clam, shrimp and fish in Newport River. My wife is an attorney in Morehead City. We enjoy spending time with family and traveling. We are also avid baseball fans.