EMERALD ISLAND – When Ryan Davenport starts working as director of the Carteret County Shoreline Protection Office on Tuesday, January 18, he knows he will have big problems to fill in to replace Greg Rudolph.
But Mr. Davenport, that the county hired for the job in mid-December after Mr Rudolph stepped down in November with 20 years in the post, also knows he has extensive relevant experience and will inherit a well-functioning team that includes county staff, a leading engineering company and knowledgeable members of the County Beach Commission, chaired by Jim Normile.
“I have worked with Rudi (Mr. Rudolph) on many beach feeding and dredging projects,” Davenport said in an interview this week as a senior environmental specialist in the Morehead City office. of the NC division of Coastal Management.
“I also worked with Rudi and the county on the 50 year master plan (beach management), and I feel like Rudi left the program in such good shape that I just have to make it work, ”added the newcomer.
When Mr Rudolph – who now works for Newport-based Geodynamics, the county’s beach surveying company – left his post in the county, he said he was doing so to “explore new challenges and opportunities.” . Mr Davenport, 44, said he quit his job in the state and applied for the job in the county for the same reason.
He had worked for federal and state governments for 20 years.
“I just felt like I needed new challenges,” he said. “It was time to do something different. And I love Bogue Banks.
In preparation for the role, which is based out of Emerald Isle, he spoke with engineers at longtime county firm Moffatt & Nichol to get updates on recent projects. In the past three years since Hurricane Florence in 2018, the county has spent millions of dollars in federal, state and regional money to place millions of cubic meters of sand on the beaches of Bogue Banks, on the western tip of ‘Emerald Isle at Fort Macon State Park. at the east end of Atlantic Beach.
“The beaches are in great shape, and I hope we won’t need food for a while, unless there is a big storm,” Davenport said.
“From what I was told, the sea was as high as 15 feet during this recent storm (January 3) and we didn’t really have any damage to the beach. The profiles are very good.
The county plans to launch a large Eastern Taylors Creek Dredging and Backfill Project in Beaufort and on Radio Island soon, and there is another project underway, with Moffatt & Nichol, to identify sources of sand for future projects.
Mr. Davenport lives in Pine Knoll Shores with his wife, Sarah Davenport, a teacher at Morehead City Elementary School, and their 10-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son. He also lived in Emerald Isle and Morehead City.
He graduated in 1999 from NC State University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental science.
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