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Interim Plymouth town manager censured by international professional group

Chris Layton
Chris Layton(Town of Duck)
Published: Mar. 9, 2022 at 5:29 PM EST
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WASHINGTON DC (WITN) - Interim Plymouth Town Manager Christopher Layton has been censured by the International City/County Management Association’s executive board.

The association announced Wednesday that Layton, the former town manager of Duck, was publicly censured during its Feb. 12th, 2022 meeting.

Layton’s status as a member of the credentialed manager program with the association is revoked for a period of five years. WITN does not know at this time if that will impact his job in Plymouth. He has been town manager for Plymouth for just more than a year.

WITN reported on July 23rd, 2020, that Layton resigned from his position as Duck town manager nine days after he was arrested for assaulting a coworker.

The ICMA says two charges of assault from subordinate employees were brought against Layton. The association also says Layton engaged in an exchange of inappropriate text messages with a planning intern that required the town to suffer expenses in financial settlements of more than $300,000 with employees impacted.

The association’s executive board found that Layton’s actions violated its code of ethics.

According to the Outer Banks Voice, Layton was given probation for his charges.

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