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News Release

Hilton Head Island Town Council Will Name Josh Gruber as Interim Town Manager and Temporarily Discontinues Search for Permanent Replacement

Release Date: October 21, 2020

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


With the upcoming retirement of current Hilton Head Island Town Manager Steve Riley, the Town Council on Tuesday announced its intention to name Deputy Town Manager Josh Gruber as Interim Town Manager until a permanent replacement is identified and hired.

Following an executive session, the Town Council authorized Mayor John McCann to negotiate a contract with Gruber. Riley, who announced his retirement on June 1, said he would remain in his position through the end of the year.

Town Council's announcement follows several meetings on the matter and its decision to discontinue the search for a new Town Manager at this time. The Council hired Colin Baenziger, a national executive recruiting firm, in July to help identify Town manager candidates to consider for the role. The two parties mutually agreed to discontinue the search after the firm withdrew from being further involved in the process.

"Right now, there are so many issues taking place such as national, state and local elections. We are continuing to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and we're in the midst of planning our annual Town Council retreat that will include newly elected council members," said Mayor John McCann. "After much discussion, we decided it was best to hold off on the search a little while longer and give ourselves more time to determine how we want to move forward."

McCann said the Town Council will discuss a new search when it gathers for its annual retreat in January.