Elected Officials


LeAnn Pierce

Council Member



LeAnn was born and raised in neighboring Pender County.  She attended East Carolina University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and became certified in Business and Technical Communication.  She also holds a NC Real Estate Broker's license.  LeAnn moved to Carolina Beach in 1990 and is the owner of Drifter's Reef Hotel.  She has served the Town of Carolina Beach on our Board of Adjustments, Vice-Chair of Planning and Zoning Commission, Business and Economic Development Committee, Arts and Activity Committee and New Hanover County's Tourism Development Authority.  LeAnn was elected to office in November 2013 and was voted Mayor Pro Tem in January 2014.



Steve Shuttleworth

Council Member


Steve Graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University and became a licensed Real Estate Broker in Colorado and North Carolina. He worked for several Development Companies such as Colorado Coastal Development and Zephyr Development before becoming the owner and President of Shuttleworth, Inc. and broker for Shuttleworth Realty LLC. Steve has served on Community Organizations such as Colorado Springs Planning Commission, Colorado Association of Realtors Board of Directors and
Board Member of Island Montessori Charter School in addition to serving on the Carolina Beach Town Council.

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Tom Bridges

Mayor Pro Tem


Tom Bridges was an educator in the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Schools for thirty years, serving as a school psychologist for 7 years and as a principal for 23 years. Since retiring, he has served on Carolina Beach's Planning & Zoning Commission, the Freeman Park Committee, the Police Advisory Committee and the Board of Adjustments. He has also worked as a general volunteer, nest parent and sea turtle patrol for the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project. He is actively involved at the Carolina Beach Presbyterian Church, serving on the personnel committee and singing in the choir. He is married with two children and one granddaughter. 

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JoDan Garza

Council Member


JoDan is extremely honored and humbled that he was elected as a council member for this wonderful town. Though he is not originally from this area, he feels at home with the unique and diverse people of this beautiful island. He prides himself in being an approachable and friendly guy. JoDan says that he is always open to having a chat with residents of Pleasure Island, whether they agree with him or not. For this keeps community involvement, helps us to learn, grow, and to understand one another a bit better. JoDan’ s main focus is the well-being of our community, our people, our beaches and businesses. He feels that ensuring the safety of the residents, strengthening community engagement, unifying the relationship between our residents and visitors while promoting Earth consciousness is how Carolina Beach can continue to succeed as a wonderful town with its amazing residents.

"if we can't help others enjoy life, how can we"