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News Release

Hilton Head Island Town Council Suspends Search for New Town Manager

Release Date: September 24, 2020

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


The Town Council of Hilton Head Island voted Thursday to suspend the search for a new Town Manager.

On Monday, the Town Council had announced the names of four candidates for consideration to fill the Town Manager position. Two of the candidates withdrew their names from consideration on Tuesday and an alternate candidate declined the opportunity to participate in the interview process.

"Town Council members felt just having two candidates for consideration was not sufficient to fill this highly important role," said Mayor John McCann. "As I have said many times before, identifying and hiring a Town manager is the most important responsibility we have as Town Council members."

McCann said their decision does not mean the two candidates that remained are not qualified. "We want to make sure we have thoroughly considered our options and that we have a sufficient field of candidates to choose from."

Town Council plans to reconvene in October to discuss how to proceed.

A September 30th reception and an October 1st virtual interview event with candidates that would have allowed public participation are cancelled. "Once we complete another recruitment process, we will determine how best to engage the public," said Angie Stone, Director of Human Resources for the Town.

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