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Executive Department

Role of the Town Manager

Marc Orlando
Marc Orlando
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.

Marc Orlando, ICMA~CM

Marc Orlando began his new role as the new Town Manager for Hilton Head Island on Monday, February 22, 2021.

The Town Council voted in December 2020 to offer the position to Orlando, a fully Credentialed Manager within the International City & County Managers Association (ICMA). Early in his career, Orlando worked for the Town of Hilton Head Island as an Intern, GIS Analyst, and Senior Planner.

Most recently, Orlando served as the town manager of Bluffton, South Carolina. During Orlando's tenure, Bluffton experienced a period of unprecedented economic success that included major investments at Buckwalter Place Commerce Park, Palmetto Bluff, the Bluffton Historic District and other locations. Orlando was instrumental in the planning and implementation of the Multi-County Commerce Park, Old Town Master Plan, Don Ryan Center for Innovation and various community and economic development initiatives.

While in Bluffton, South Carolina legislators awarded Orlando a House Resolution that honored his "visionary leadership" to balance the Town's natural resources, history, culture, recreation, and sense of community.

Deputy Town Manager

Participates with Town Manager in the implementation of all Town policies, procedures, plans, and ordinances, to include providing overall support in the management of daily administrative Town functions, managing assigned departments and divisions, directing Department Heads, and overseeing the Town's community information program.