As the organization’s chief executive officer, Town Manager Cliff Ogburn is responsible for implementing the policies set forth by Nags Head's Board of Commissioners and exercises management responsibility over all operational staff and departments. The town manager recommends the annual budget and ensures that all local, state and federal laws and regulations are met. The Board appoints the town manager.
Under North Carolina's council-manager form of administration, the citizens of Nags Head elect a four-member Board of Commissioners and a mayor. The Board creates a vision for the community by setting the broad policies, goals, and direction of the government including adopting necessary laws.