Links and Info:

Code of Ethics Acknowledgements
Council Rules of Procedureopens PDF file
Strategic Plan 2016 opens PDF file


To reach all Council Members:

please email council@southernshores-nc.govcreate new email


To email Council Members individually:

Elizabeth Morey, Mayor: emorey@southernshores-nc.govcreate new email

Matt Neal, Mayor Pro tem: mneal@southernshores-nc.govcreate new email

Leo Holland, Council Member: lholland@southernshores-nc.govcreate new email

Paula Sherlock, Council Member: psherlock@southernshores-nc.govcreate new email

Mark Batenic, Council Member: mbatenic@southernshores-nc.govcreate new email

Elizabeth Morey


Term Ends December 2025

Elizabeth has been a full-time resident of Southern Shores for the last 16 years.  She and her husband, Tommy have been visiting the Outer Banks since 1982 and purchased their lot in the Town in 2000.  After working with an architect to design their home they completed construction in 2004 and moved to Southern Shores from Raleigh.  She earned her BS degree from Clemson in Forest Management and her MS degree from NC State University in Soil Science.  She has worked in both the private and public sector and retired from the Dare County Health Department in 2014.  She currently owns and manages a home-based business.

Elizabeth has served on the Town Planning Board for 8 years and been the Chair since January of 2019.  She has also served on the Town’s Board of Adjustment, the Capital Improvement and Infrastructure Planning Committee and the SSCA Hillcrest Tennis Board.  She and Tommy have also volunteered for the sea turtle programs with the USF&W Service, Roanoke Island Aquarium, and the Beach Food Pantry.

Leo Holland

Council Member

Term Ends December 2023

Leo and his wife, Mary Ellen, moved to Southern Shores in August 2001.  Leo began his public service as Membership Chairman, Vice President, Southern Shores Civic Association for two years and then as President for four years.  He served as Social Commodore of the Southern Shores Boat Club for two years.  He also served on the Chicahauk Property Owners Association for two years.  Leo also served on the Town of Southern Shores Board of Adjustments.  He serves on the Association of Equipment Management Professionals Editorial Board. Leo serviced on the Town Council from 2013-2017. Also, he served as Assistant Treasurer and Assistant Chairman of the Dare County Tourism Board from 2015-2017.

Prior to moving to Southern Shores, Leo worked for the John Deere Construction & Forestry Division for 39 years.  He held a number of positions in finance, product support and sales.  He has retired from being a part-time consultant for James River Equipment in Ashland, VA. Leo is a graduate of the University Wisconsin – Platteville, Wisconsin with majors in Agriculture Education and Economics

Paula Sherlock

Council Member

Term Ends December 2025

Paula was born in Elizabeth City and grew up in Eastern North Carolina and Tidewater Virginia.  She earned a B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master’s degree from Campbell University and a law degree from Washington & Lee University.   She worked as an attorney in Louisville, KY and retired after 15 years as a Circuit Court Judge, serving for three years as Chief Judge of Family Court.  She has been admitted to the U.S Supreme Court and several Federal and State courts and maintains an active law license.  She served on the Kentucky Legislative Ethics Commission, the Domestic Violence Coalition board, the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, the KY Supreme Court Rules Committee and the KY Child Fatality Review Panel.   She and her husband, Ike, have owned property in Southern Shores for over thirty-five years and now live here full time.  Locally, she has served on the Duck Woods Country Club Board of Directors and the Finance Committee, volunteers for Food for Thought and the SSCA and is a member of the League of Women Voters.