Cliff Ogburn Selected as Southern Shores Town Manager
Southern Shores, NC—The Southern Shores Town Council has selected Timothy Clifton (Cliff) Ogburn as the new Town Manager. Mr. Ogburn will assume his new responsibilities by July 1, 2020.
“On behalf of our Town Council, I congratulate Mr. Ogburn on his selection after a rigorous search process,” said Mayor Tom Bennett. “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.”
“I am very grateful for the opportunity to join the team at the Town of Southern Shores,” said Cliff Oburn. “I am eager to make positive contributions and build meaningful relationships within the community. I look forward to serving the Town Council, residents, property owners, and businesses to help make Southern Shores an even better place to live, work and visit.”
Cliff Ogburn has served as Town Manager in Nags Head since 2009, after a short stint as Deputy Town Manager. He served previously as Public Services Director for Dare County, and as Parks and Recreation Director for the Town of Edenton.
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.
Ogburn is a native of Greensboro and grew up in Clemmons, in Forsyth County. He and wife Joy and their children currently reside in Nags Head.
The Mercer Group, Inc., a national public sector executive search and consulting firm with an office in Raleigh, assisted the Council with its search. The Council received 66 applications from 19 states, and considered a number of well qualified candidates with extensive local government management experience. The Council interviewed five semifinalists remotely, in light of the Dare County emergency order. Mayor Bennett said that the Council greatly appreciated the valuable input of citizens and Town department heads about the qualifications, experience and characteristics that the Council should look for in the next manager. “We used those criteria as a guide in making our decisions,” Bennett said.
Ogburn will succeed Peter Rascoe, who retired 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.”