By Outer Banks Voice on May 20, 2020
The Southern Shores Town Council has selected longtime Nags Head Town Manager Cliff Ogburn as its new Town Manager, naming him to the post out of a pool of nearly 70 candidates. Ogburn will assume the new job by July 1, subject to formal appointment and the approval of terms of employment during an open council meeting.
Ogburn submitted his resignation in Nags Head on May 20 after serving as town manager in that municipality for 12 years.
“On behalf of our Town Council, I congratulate Mr. Ogburn on his selection after a rigorous search process,” said Southern Shores Mayor Tom Bennett in a statement. “We considered many well qualified candidates and deliberated carefully, but we found the best qualified candidate close to home. Cliff Ogburn is an experienced and resourceful manager, with a strong educational background. His experience in Nags Head and extensive knowledge of Dare County will allow him to do an excellent job for our citizens.”
In an interview with the Voice, Ogburn said he was excited about the new opportunity in Southern Shores as well as grateful for his time in Nags Head. “I think Southern Shores is passionate about what they are doing, the good things they are doing for the residents and I want to contribute to that,” he said.
Ogburn has served as town manager in Nags Head since 2009 following a short stint as deputy town manager. Prior to that, he served eight years as Dare County Public Services Director and also served for a period as Parks and Recreation Director for the Town of Edenton.
Of his time in Nags Head, Ogburn noted, “I learned a lot in the Town of Nags Head over the last twelve years…I’m extremely thankful and appreciative of the experience I had.”
Ogburn earned a Master of Public Administration degree from Old Dominion University, and a master’s in education and a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University. He is a native of Greensboro and grew up in Clemmons, located in Forsyth County. He and wife, Joy, a teacher at First Flight Middle School, and their children currently reside in Nags Head.
The Mercer Group, Inc., a national public sector executive search and consulting firm, assisted the Southern Shores Town Council with its search. The council received 66 applications from 19 states and considered a number of candidates with extensive local government management experience. The council interviewed five semifinalists remotely, a necessity in light of the Dare County State of Emergency caused by COVID-19.
Ogburn will succeed Peter Rascoe, who retired as Southern Shores Town Manager late last year and now is employed by the City of Charleston, SC.
“We thank Peter Rascoe for his dedicated service to our citizens and his many achievements,” said Bennett. “We also thank Wes Haskett, our Planning Director who is serving our citizens well as Interim Town Manager. Our new Town Manager will find that our finances are in a sound condition to deal with the opportunities and challenges ahead, with the assistance of our very capable Town staff.”