Duck’s town manager resigns after arrest on assault charges

According to the arrest report, Chris Layton is accused of assaulting a co-worker.
Duck is a town on the Outer Banks in Dare County.
Duck is a town on the Outer Banks in Dare County.(Town of Duck)
Published: Jul. 23, 2020 at 10:56 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 24, 2020 at 1:46 PM EDT
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DUCK, N.C. (WITN) - Duck’s town manager has resigned, nine days after his arrest for assaulting a co-worker.

Chris Layton was charged back on July 15th on two counts of assault on a female. He was arrested at his office in town hall and released from jail after posting a $5,000 bond.

Layton was placed on leave, and on Friday the town council accepted his resignation.

They named Joseph Heard, who had been acting town manager since July 16th, as interim town manager and finance officer.

Heard had been the town’s community development director.

Layton was Duck’s first town manager, being hired back in November 2002.


Duck’s town manager was recently arrested in his office on assault charges.

In the arrest report provided by Duck town officials, town manager Chris Layton is accused of assaulting a female co-worker. Officials have confirmed Layton has been placed on leave after he was arrested on July 15th in his office at Town Hall.

Layton was released from the Dare County Detention Center after posting a $5,000 bond. Joe Heard is listed on the town’s website as acting town manager.

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