Mayor Sheila Foster Davies

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Mayor Davies is a dedicated public and community servant. She served the YMCA of South Hampton Roads for nearly 14 years, 7 of which she spent as the inaugural Executive Director of the Outer Banks Family YMCA. In 2007, Mayor Davies left the YMCA to lead Dare County’s Substance Abuse Project, which resulted in opening an outpatient substance abuse treatment clinic, New Horizons, in Nags Head and bringing substance abuse prevention education into all Dare County Schools.

From 2011-2014 Mayor Davies served as the Director of TeleMedicine for the Albemarle Hospital Foundation where she developed and implemented telepsychiatry programs in 16 rural hospitals throughout eastern North Carolina. She currently serves as the Director of Health and Human Services for Dare County.

Mayor Davies serves and/or has served on numerous task forces, committees and boards including the Kill Devil Hills Zoning Board of Adjustment, the Dare County Tourism Board, the Dare Missions of Mercy Free Dental Clinic Partnership, the Outer Banks Family YMCA Board of Directors, the Dare 


Coalition Against Substance Abuse Board of Directors, the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Healthy Carolinians of the Outer Banks (HCOB) Partnership, and the Dare Literacy Foundation Board of Directors.

Mayor Davies received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Kinesiology from the College of William and Mary. She has a Master of Public Administration degree and recently received her PhD in Public Policy and Administration with a health policy specialization. In 2010, Mayor Davies was honored by the NC Public Health Association with the Reynolds Medal of Achievement for her contributions to public health in North Carolina.

Mayor Davies is a devoted wife and mother. She and her husband, Daryl, have two sons and all enjoy the amenities that accompany living in Kill Devil Hills.

Her priorities for the Town of Kill Devil Hills include:

  • Protecting the Quality of Life In Kill Devil Hills - Kill Devil Hills’ most recent Land Use Plan states that part of the mission of the Board of Commissioners is to “foster civic pride by enhancing the natural beauty of the area such as: promotion of family values and beach atmosphere and protection and accessibility of natural resources”. This mission is important.
  • Ensuring Fiscal Responsibility - Keeping expenses as low as possible while retaining high quality services.
  • Increasing Citizen Engagement - Increasing communication between the town and citizens, televising board meetings, initiating citizen advisory groups, and breaking down technical jargon used in Board of Commissioner meetings into terms that everyone can understand.
  • Increasing Transparency in Government - Serving and leading the Town in a manner consistent with the American Society for Public Administration’s Code of Ethics (, which calls for “recognizing and supporting the public’s right to know the public’s business, involving the citizens in decision making, assisting citizens in their dealings with the government, maintaining truthfulness and honesty, and zealously guarding against conflict of interests or its appearance”.