Incorporated in 1891, the Town of Ayden is a municipality chartered as a manager-council form of government.  The Town of Ayden Administrative Department is comprised of the Town Manager and Town Clerk/Executive Assistant.  The office is located in Town Hall, 4144 West Avenue, and office hours are 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. 

Mr. Steven L. Harrell is Ayden's Town Manager.  The Town Manager serves as Chief Administrative Officer and is responsible for implementing the policies of the Town and ordinances adopted by the Governing Board, which are further described in NC General Statue 160A-148.  As Chief Administrative Officer, the manager is empowered to: 

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  • make all personnel decisions
  • supervise all Town departments
  • enforce the Town's laws and ordinances 
  • assist in preparation of the annual operating budget for Board approval
  • conduct the day-to-day business of the Town 

The Town Manager attends all Governing Board meetings, making recommendations to the Town Board as deemed necessary or expedient for the benefit of the public.  On a regular basis, he keeps the Governing Board informed of key Town activities as well as the Town's financial condition and future financial needs.

Mr. Harrell can be reached at (252) 481-5826 or by email:

Sarah Radcliff has been the Town Clerk and Executive Assistant to the Town Manager since July of 2016. Prior to working for the Town of Ayden, Sarah worked as a Finance Technician with Pitt County and served as Deputy Clerk to the Board of Commissioners for two years. She also worked as secretary to the Chief Planner for the City of Greenville. She is a graduate of Pitt Community College and the UNC School of Government Clerk Certification Program. Sarah grew up in Washington, NC, and moved to Greenville after she married her husband in 2002. 

Sarah can be reached at (252) 481-5826 or by email: