Press Release
Hyde County Update

Monthly ferry meeting canceled, new public information officer, BOC meeting coming up, and more news from the county.

The Ferry Meeting scheduled for Monday, July 10 at 1pm has been canceled. 

The Hyde County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday, July 10th at 6pm. The agenda and packets for the meeting are now available to the public. Click here to view the documents. The meeting will take place via teleconferencing equipment in the Hyde County Government Center Multi-Use Room and in the Ocracoke Community Center. The public is invited to attend.

Hyde County Appoints New Public Information Officer and Deputy Clerk

Hyde County Manager, Bill Rich, accepted the resignation of Teresa Adams, Public Information Officer and Deputy Clerk, effective July 1, 2017. Mrs. Adams has served Hyde County since November of 2015. We thank her for the years of service and wish her a happy retirement.

Current Hyde County Information Technology Manager, Donnie Shumate, has been appointed as the new Public Information Officer and Deputy Clerk. He will also continue to serve as the Information Technology Manager. 

Hyde County Hosts Opioid Leadership Forum

Hyde County will host a County Leadership Forum on Opioid Abuse to bring together local elected leaders and other key partners to discuss ways to address opioid abuse in the community July 13th from 10 a.m. to noon in the Hyde County Government Center, 30 Oyster Creek Road and the Ocracoke Community Center via teleconferencing equipment. The meeting will include local elected officials and key internal and external stakeholders.

In recent years, North Carolina has seen a spike in opioid related overdose deaths. According to data provided by the NC Department of Health and Human Services, more than 13,000 North Carolinians have died from unintentional overdose deaths since 1999.

Hyde County Manager Bill Rich states, “By convening all the local elected officials from our county, as well as representatives from key organizations, we can learn the full effect of the opioid crisis on our county’s citizens, find out what resources are available to help our families, and develop collaborative strategies for effective education, prevention, and treatment that can and will make a difference here in Hyde County.”

The Hyde County Opioid Leadership Forum will kick off an effort that is planned to include county-wide community meetings, an education/prevention plan as well as improved treatment options.

To register for this event please RSVP to Rosemary Johnson, or 252.926.4178. 

Hyde County Manager Bill Rich Appointed to UNC School of Government Foundation Board

On May 19, 2017, Dean Mike Smith welcomed four new members to the board of directors for the School of Government Foundation Board of Directors. One of the newly appointed members is Hyde County Manager, Bill Rich.

The School of Government Foundation was established in 1996 to help strengthen financial support for faculty teaching and research, statewide education programs, student scholarships, staff development, and general operating needs. A Board of

Directors representing the School’s diverse state and local government clients, the Master of Public Administration program, and major supporters oversees the operation of the Foundation.

As the largest university-based local government training, advisory, and research organization in the United States, the School of Government offers up to 200 courses, webinars, and specialized conferences for more than 12,000 public officials each year. Hyde County employees have utilized these training opportunities on multiple occasions to better serve their citizens. Mr. Rich is excited to serve on the Foundation’s Board of Directors to continue affording these opportunities to others.

Established in 1931 as the Institute of Government, the UNC School of Government provides educational, advisory, and research services for state and local governments. Visit or call 919.966.5381 for more information on the School’s courses, publications, programs, and services.