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The Outer Banks Voice – Former Duck Town manager censored by government management agency

Former Duck Town Manager censored by government management agency

By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on March 11, 2022

Christopher Layton. (File photo)

The International City/County Management Agency (ICMA) has publicly censured Christopher Layton, currently acting city manager of Plymouth, North Carolina, for violating its code of ethics with behaviors and incidents that occurred while he was city manager. Municipality of Duck.

The ICMA, which describes itself as a membership organization designed to advance “professional local government,” also announced that it had revoked Layton’s participation in the Accredited Management Program for five years.

On July 15, 2020, Layton was arrested in his Duck office and charged with two counts of assaulting his assistant. On July 24, Duck City Council accepted his resignation and in January 2021 he was appointed Acting City Manager of Plymouth. In July 2021, the criminal case against Layton was decided when a count of assault was dismissed and he agreed to six months of unsupervised probation as part of the case.

But outside of the criminal case, the city of Duck paid more than $315,000 to two former city employees, both women, in settlements related to Layton’s conduct. One of the beneficiaries was the victim in the assault case. The other was a city worker who said she was sexually harassed by Layton.

In its March 8 press release, ICMA said the incidents “demonstrate a tendency for Mr. Layton to engage in unprofessional conduct toward junior employees.”

In an interview with The Voice, ICMA Ethics Director Martha Perego said the agency began investigating Layton following a complaint she received. She added that Layton is a member of ICMA and responded to the agency during its investigative process.

When asked if the censorship had any implications for Layton’s employment, Perego replied that “we are not a licensing agency”. Censorship, she added, “is the highest level of declaration that a behavior is inappropriate”.

Layton did not respond to Voice’s requests for comment on ICMA’s actions.

In addition to the press release, ICMA also sent a letter on March 1 to Duck Mayor Don Kingston outlining these actions. In response to a request for comment from Voice, Kingston sent this email.

“We are aware of the letter and press release relating to the censorship of Mr. Christopher Layton by ICMA, the trade association of which he is a member. We understand that ICMA applies its code of ethics and other matters relating to the professional conduct of its members, based on their own procedures and guidelines.”

The Voice also contacted the mayor of Plymouth, Vershumn Hawkins, but received no response.


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