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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 Town Council meetings.

Role of Town Council

Council is the City for purpose of exercising all powers not otherwise specifically delegated (e.g. to the Manager). (SC Code 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.
Photo of John McCann
John J. McCann

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.

Town Council Standing Committees