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Media Release

Josh Gruber Named Assistant Town Manager for Town of Hilton Head Island

Release Date: May 21, 2018

Contact Information:
Steve Riley email icon , Town Manager, 843-341-4701


Hilton Head Island Town Manager Steve Riley is pleased to announce that Josh Gruber, Interim County Administrator for Beaufort County, has accepted the position of assistant town manager for the Town of Hilton Head Island, effective August 6, 2018.

"Josh has a demonstrated track record of successful performance and the ability to competently handle positions of increasing responsibility. He manages approximately 1,300 county employees and a budget over $123 million, is familiar with local issues, and is exceptionally well-suited for the assistant town manager position. We look forward to having Josh join us," Riley said.

Gruber, who has nearly 10 years of experience working for local government organizations, was selected from among 136 applicants for the position following a five-month nationwide search. He will replace current Assistant Town Manager Greg DeLoach, who announced his pending retirement last fall. "Greg will help Josh become acclimated to the Town and his responsibilities before he officially departs," Riley said.

As Assistant Town Manager, Gruber will initially oversee and guide activities for several town departments and divisions including finance, information technology, administrative services, legal, municipal court, cultural affairs, and public information. He also will serve as the Town's liaison to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Department.

Gruber received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Clemson University and a Masters in Public Administration from Georgia State University. He received his law degree from Capital University Law School. He is a member of several professional organizations including the South Carolina City/County Managers Association, the International City/County Management Association and the South Carolina Association of Counties.

Gruber began his career in government as an Assistant County attorney for Berkeley County, South Carolina. He joined Beaufort County as a County Attorney in 2011, and was promoted to Deputy County Administrator/Special Counsel in 2014. In 2017, he was named Interim County Administrator. Some of his recent accomplishments include developing a three-year general fund operational budget plan for Beaufort County, creating a five-year capital improvement plan to address aging county facilities, and assisting with operational oversight and federal reimbursements related to Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma.