Mayor Ben Sproul began serving his first two-year term for Kill Devil Hills on December 9th, 2019, succeeding four-term Mayor Sheila Davies. He was reelected in 2021 for a second term.
Mayor Ben's dedication to local public service spans the last two decades.
Most notably, he served on the Dare County Board of Education for 11 years, beginning in 2008, and served as its chairman for five years.
As a former restaurateur, Sproul was elected by members of the Outer Banks Restaurant Association as that group's President ten times, serving from 2005 to 2015.
In 2005, Ben helped found the Dare Coalition Against Substance Abuse and he has served on the coalition's Board of Directors ever since.
Also in 2005, the Board of Commissioners of Kill Devil Hills appointed Ben to the Planning Board in 2005 and he served in this advisory capacity for the Town through 2017, spanning the development of two Land Use Plans.
In 2006, Dare County Commissioners appointed Sproul to represent the restaurant industry on the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau's Board of Directors for a two-year term. He was re-appointed for a second two-year term in 2008, and the Board of Directors of the Bureau elected Ben to the Steering Committee. The following year, fellow board members elected him Secretary.
In 2011 and 2012, Sproul helped launch the inaugural Outer Banks Seafood Festival as the event's Vice-Chairman.
Professionally, Sproul is currently the Marketing Communications Manager at Surf or Sound Realty, having worked in the Digital Marketing Department of Virginia Media previously. For over two decades prior, Sproul grew and managed a Kill Devil Hills restaurant and retail operation he had founded with business partner Steve Pauls. His Bachelor of Science in Art was earned at James Madison University.
Mayor Sproul has lived his entire adult life in Kill Devil Hills, raising two sons, Vega and Jude who are graduates of First Flight High School and are both now attending NC State.
Mayor Sproul's priorities for the Town of Kill Devil Hills include:
Playing a leading role in county-wide efforts to address essential year-round housing challenges
Improving the quality, maintenance, and safety of our town parks and beach accesses
Prioritizing stormwater and water quality initiatives
Encouraging citizen participation, project partnerships, grant funding, improved town communications, and transparent governance.