Mayor Ben Sproul began serving his first two-year term for Kill Devil Hills on December 9th, 2019. Mayor Ben succeeded four-term Mayor Sheila Davies.
Mayor Ben's dedication to local public service spans the last two decades. Most notably, he served on the Dare County Board of Education for 11 years, beginning in 2008, and was elected by that Board as its chairman for five of those years.
As a former restauranteur, Sproul was elected by members of the Outer Banks Restaurant Association as that group's President from 2005 to 2015. In 2006, Dare County Commissioners appointed Sproul to represent the restaurant industry on the Outer Banks Vistors Bureau's Board of Directors for a two-year term. He was re-appointed for a second two-year term in 2008, and the Board of Directors of the Bureau elected Ben to the Steering Committee. The following year, fellow board members elected him Secretary. In 2011 and 2012, Sproul helped launch the inaugural Outer Banks Seafood Festival as the event's Vice-Chairman.
The Board of Commissioners here in Kill Devil Hills appointed Ben to the Planning Board in 2005 and he served in this advisory capacity for the Town through 2017, spanning the development of two Land Use Plans.
Also in 2005, Ben helped found the Dare Coalition Against Substance Abuse and he has served on coalition's Board of Directors ever since.
Professionally, Sproul is currently the Marketing Communications Manager at Surf or Sound Realty, having worked in the Digital Marketing Department of Virginia Media previously. For over two decades prior, Sproul grew and managed a Kill Devil Hills restaurant and retail operation he had founded with business partner Steve Pauls. His Bachelor of Science in Art was earned at James Madison University.
Though he has worn many hats, Mayor Sproul has always seen being the best father and husband he can be as his most important job. He and his wife Allyson have raised their two sons in Kill Devil Hills, placing an emphasis on travel and the outdoors. Jude and Vega are now in high school and college.
Mayor Sproul's priorities for the Town of Kill Devil Hills include:
oPlaying a leading role in county-wide efforts to address essential year-round housing challenges
oImproving the quality, maintenance, and safety of our town parks and beach accesses
oPrioritizing stormwater and water quality initiatives
oEncouraging citizen participation, project partnerships, grant funding, improved town communications, and transparent governance.