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Town Council


To provide the leadership and policy guidance needed to assure that Hilton Head Island is and remains a high quality community that exceeds the expectations of its residents and visitors.

Hilton Head Island has a Council-Manager form of government. In this form of government, Council hires a "Manager". The Manager has executive powers, while Council has legislative (policy setting) powers. The Mayor presides over Council meetings.

Role of Town Council

Council is the Town for purpose of exercising all powers not otherwise specifically delegated (e.g. Manager). (5-7-160)

Any subject necessary for security, general welfare, and convenience;

  • Preserve the health, peace, and order and good government;
  • Adopt a budget, and include the full faith and credit of the Town;
  • Adopt zoning and subdivisions regulations;
  • Contract for police services;
  • Set fines and penalties up to $500 or 30 days;
  • Own and sell or lease property;
  • Other powers as enumerated in the codes.

Role of Mayor

The Mayor shall have the same powers, duties, and responsibilities conferred by law on any member of Council. In addition, the Mayor shall:

  • Establish the agenda for and serve as presiding officer at Council meetings;
  • Represent the Town at official and ceremonial functions;
  • Call Special Meetings of the Council;
  • Execute all contracts, deeds, resolutions, proclamations and other instruments not designated to the Town Manager, after review and approval by Council;
  • Perform other functions prescribed by Council which are consistent with the Council-Manager form of government.

Role of the Town Manager

The Town Manager shall be the chief executive officer and head of the administrative branch of the municipal government. He shall be responsible to the municipal council for the proper administration of all affairs of the municipality and to that end, subject to the provisions of this chapter, he shall:

  • Appoint officers and employees of the municipalities and fix salaries, and authorize department heads to appoint or remove subordinates;
  • Prepare annual budget, submit to Council, and be responsible for its administration after adoption;
  • Prepare and submit financial reports to Council, and report on other administrative activities;
  • Advise Council on financial condition and future needs of municipality and make recommendations;
  • Perform other duties prescribed by law or required by Council.