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News Release

Hilton Head Island Town Manager Steve Riley Announces Retirement

Release Date: June 1, 2020

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


Hilton Head Island Town Manager Steve Riley announced today that he will retire from his position by the end of this year.

Riley has served the Town in various capacities for 29 years, beginning first as Community Development Director. He has been Town Manager for 26 years.

Riley made his official announcement to Town staff during a meeting this morning. Following the meeting, he sent a letter to Town Council members informing them of his decision.

"My 29 years of service to the Town have provided me great personal and professional satisfaction, but the time has come to move to a different stage in my life," Riley stated in his letter.

"I have enjoyed working with the various Mayors and members of Town Council over the years and to have been a part of so many initiatives that have enriched the lives of our citizens and guests. None of these would have been possible without the support of the elected officials, the amazing work ethic and commitment put forth by our incredible staff, and of course with input from so many dedicated community volunteers," Riley stated.

"Steve has done an outstanding job guiding our Town staff and our community through many initiatives and through many situations over the years. His dedication to our Town has made Hilton Head Island a world-class community. As Mayor, I want to formally thank him for the positive path he has put us on and for all he has contributed to making Hilton Head Island a great place to live, work and visit," said Mayor John McCann.

Town Council will begin discussing the process of hiring a new Town Manager at its special Town Council meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 2. The meeting will be held electronically. The video of the meeting will be streamed live on the Town's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TownofHiltonHeadIslandSC  and on its website at https://hiltonheadislandsc.gov.