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News Release

Hilton Head Island Town Council Announces Top Candidates for the Position

Release Date: September 22, 2020

Contact Information:
Carolyn Grant email icon , Communications Director, 843-341-4618


The Town Council of Hilton Head Island announced four candidates for consideration to fill the Town Manager position, following its meeting Monday afternoon.

The four candidates included:

  • Michael Bennett - City Manager, City of Fruita, Colorado
  • Andrew Brannen - Vice President of Administration and Finance, Kean University, Union, New Jersey
  • Bristol Ellington - Deputy City Manager and Chief Operating Officer, City of Henderson, Nevada
  • Josh Gruber - Deputy Town Manager, Town of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Brannen and Ellington withdrew their names from consideration on Tuesday. The executive recruitment firm that Town Council is working with, Colin Baenziger & Associates, is contacting an alternate candidate. That candidate will be announced once confirmed.

For information on the remaining candidates and the Town Manager search process, visit the Town’s website at hiltonheadislandsc.gov.