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Stephen G. Riley
Town Manager

Executive Department

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.

Stephen G. Riley, ICMA~CM

Steve Riley has served the Town of Hilton Head Island since 1991; initially as the Community Development Director and, since 1994, as Town Manager. As Manager, he is responsible for the daily operations of the Town government. Steve previously served as a Planner for both the City of Beaufort and Beaufort County; and as a planner with a private consulting firm in the Midwest. He has served on the Boards of numerous local and statewide organizations, including the South Carolina Planning Education Advisory Committee; the Municipal Association of South Carolina; the Commission on Fire Accreditation International; South Carolina Municipal Insurance Trust; the South Carolina City and County Managers Association; the ICMA Sustainable Communities Committee; the Beaufort County Rural and Critical Lands Preservation Board; the Hilton Head Island Economic Development Corporation, the Hilton Head Island Rotary Club; and the St. Francis School Board. Originally from Omaha, NE, he holds degrees from the University of Nebraska and the University of Iowa. He and his wife, Mary Jo, have four children.

Assistant 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.