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Meet Andrian "Sweet Pea" Tillett

Humble Beginnings

Andrian "Sweet Pea" Tillett is a native of Roanoke Island. She grew up on Scarborough Street in Manteo.

Her father, the late William L. Tillett, retired from the U.S. Navy as a Chief Boatswain's Mate. He later joined the United States Maritime Service, and died at sea December 1974 in rough weather off the coast of Ethiopia.

Her mother, Dorothy Tillett, has served as a pillar of the community in Dare County for most of her life. Born in Norfolk, Virginia,  Dorothy later moved to Dare County and worked for many years with the Dare County School system. Among her many notable achievements, she served on the planning committee for the Dare Center (located in the Dare County Governmental Complex), and as a volunteer at the Dare County Youth Center.

Dorothy and her friend Mamie McMurrin used to open up the Head Start Center in Manteo so kids in the area could play games and listen to music. Dorothy and Mamie also organized many fundraisers for the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon.

Today, the kids Dorothy worked with are grown up, but they still love her and acknowledge her contributions when they see her out in the community. Sweet Pea learned much about serving the community by following her mother's example.

Work History

Andrian "Sweet Pea" Tillett began her career with the County of Dare in 1992, working at the Dare County Detention Center, first as a jailer, and then later as a transportation officer. In 1994 she completed Basic Law Enforcement Training.

In 1996, Sweet Pea moved to the Dare County Register of Deeds Office, where she eventually became a certified Deputy Register of Deeds, working in all divisions of the department.

In 2014, after 18 years in the Register of Deeds Office, Sweet Pea accepted the position of permit specialist with the Dare County Planning Department.

Andrian "Sweet Pea" Tillett has devoted her career to serving the people who live and work in Dare County.

In her spare time, Sweet Pea volunteers with the Dare County SPCA, the American Red Cross, and Toys for Tots. She also volunteers with the OBXRunning Company and the Flying Pirate Half Marathon.

She was featured on the cover of Outer Banks Woman Magazine as one of 6 inspiring Outer Banks women, and in a feature article entitled "Motivating Others to Be the Best They Can." 


Sweet Pea makes her home in Manteo with her loving husband Mickel "Hammer" Riddick. Mickel owns and operates a successful construction business on the Outer Banks. Hammer and Sweet Pea devote much of their free time to racing cars, grilling in the back yard, and spending time with friends and family. Hammer and Sweet Pea share a love for animals.

Sweet Pea also spends some of her free time working out in various fitness facilities around Dare County.

Vote Andrian "Sweet Pea" Tillett for Dare County Register of Deeds on November 8, 2022.


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