Former northern California town manager hired as interim manager of Nags Head

Greg Sparks [photo courtesy]

The Nags Head Board of Commissioners on Wednesday appointed Greg Sparks as the town’s interim manager, replacing Cliff Ogburn who is leaving to become the Southern Shores town manager.

Sparks is a recent retiree from Eureka, a port city on the northern coast of California, where he served as the city manager from May 2014 until December 2019.

“Greg clearly has the experience to provide a high level of guidance and stability for our town while we search for a full-time manager,” said Mayor Ben Cahoon.

“In our interview, he impressed the board with his depth of experience, his professionalism, and his enthusiasm for helping Nags Head through this transitional period,” Cahoon said.

Sparks has nearly 40 years of management experience, including service in communities with tourism-based economies, such as Mountain Village, Colorado, home of the popular Telluride ski resort.

“His knowledge of coastal and tourism-driven communities will be an asset to our town,” Cahoon said.

He holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Nevada and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Northern Iowa.

Sparks will begin his new position on Friday, and will serve until Nags Head commissioners hire a full-time replacement. The board plans to discuss the hiring process in the coming weeks.