Hilton Head Island council suspends search for new town manager

Hilton Head Island council suspends search for new town manager

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (WTOC) - The town council of Hilton Head Island is suspending the search for a new town manager.

There were four candidates for consideration. Two of them withdrew their names and an alternate candidate declined to participate in an interview process.

Mayor John McCann says that the council felt just having two candidates for consideration wasn’t enough to fill the role. However, it does not mean they were not qualified.

“Nothing against the two candidates that are left. They could be the winner if it was four or six,” Mayor McCann said.

The council plans to reconvene in October to discuss on how to proceed. The current town manager, Steve Riley, still plans on retiring on Dec. 31. They said they will come up with a plan for what they will do in the meantime when he is gone, in the next few days.

“We have not had any other plans for what we’re going to do for the management firm yet. We will figure that out in the next couple days,” Mayor McCann said.

The town says their main goal when choosing a town manager is to find someone who doesn’t just want to live on the beach, but find someone who fits what Hilton Head needs.

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