New Kill Devil Hills mayor dedicates election to inspirational grandmother

Published 11:11 am Saturday, January 6, 2024

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Newly elected Kill Devil Hills Mayor John Windley chaired his first meeting after being sworn in to office beside his family on December 11.

He thanked his wife for allowing him the opportunity to serve by staying home to care for their young children, and he also thanked his parents, who were present at the meeting.

In his first speech as mayor, he dedicated his election to his grandmother, Mary Jones Winfield. “She was a powerhouse of a person. [She] was always someone who had a larger-than-life personality and that had a big impact on me and really inspired me to be an active person … I was lucky to grow up with a big wonderful supportive family.”

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Re-elected to the board of commissioners were Ivy Ingram and BJ McAvoy. Ingram was reappointed as mayor pro tem for the third time.

Windley presented outgoing Mayor Ben Sproul with a gift of appreciation from the town for his many years of dedicated service.

Windley’s election left his seat vacant on the board of commissioners. The town will be accepting applications for any interested persons through January 16. Commissioners will review applicants and will vote and appoint a new commissioner at the February 5 meeting.

Also at the meeting, the board approved a local historical landmark designation for the cottage at 500 W Avalon Avenue, approved an updated code of ethics and conduct for the board, appointed Ingram as the Community Appearance Commission liaison, and discussed potential beach access improvements following comments from a resident during public comment.