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News Release

Hilton Head Island Town Council Offers Town Manager Position to Marc Orlando

Release Date: December 30, 2020

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


Statement from Mayor John McCann on behalf of the Town Council of Hilton Head Island

The Hilton Head Town Council today voted to extend a contractual offer to Marc Orlando to serve as the new Town Manager for Hilton Head Island.  He currently serves as Town Manager for Bluffton.

Our action represents one of the highest duties of Town Council in “employing a Manager” and determining what skills, experience, and personality are best suited to meet the needs and opportunities of the Town.  Our community and its citizens have invested countless hours into building “Our Plan,” which will serve as our future road map in building public infrastructure, parks, facilities, and the sustained strengthening of our community. Now, Council, with the potential support of a new Town Manager, and with the continued input and support of the community, must determine how to best allocate available Town resources as we seek to implement the Plan’s policies and objectives.

To accomplish these goals, we will need the demonstrated experience Marc Orlando, as a fully Credentialed Manager within the International City & County Managers Association (ICMA), possesses and his proven track record in the areas of:

  • Managing public facilities and projects that we can see and touch
  • Initiating community planning and development which incentivizes the right kind of growth
  • Creating and meeting appropriate budgets to finance Town needs
  • Leading and managing a high performing staff and encouraging its professional development

Marc’s successful history in public service is also supplemented by his demonstrated ability to:

  • Effectively communicate with elected officials, staff and the community
  • Demonstrate sound judgment in all matters that come before him
  • Appropriately manage change and the accompanying stress that goes with it
  • Publicly display his desire to engage with and enable the community
  • Possess an unquestionable passion for our Island and its people

Town Council has determined that Marc embodies the characteristics necessary to effectively meet the Town’s needs and is therefore the ideal candidate for Town Manager. Given that a substantial amount of his professional career and accomplishments have taken place only 15 miles away, he is uniquely suited to this position and possesses knowledge that many other potential candidates would simply not have.

Finally, while Marc is well-known to many on Town Council and Town staff because of his work in the region, many people may not be aware that he previously worked for the Town as an Intern, GIS Analyst, and Senior Planner and we are excited that he is now able to come full circle with us in his career.  His reputation in Bluffton, Beaufort County, the Lowcountry, and within the State is widely regarded as impeccable and his professionalism is without question. This was demonstrated by his receipt of a Resolution from the South Carolina House of Representatives recognizing him for his leadership and vision in the areas of community planning and environmental sustainability.

Town Council concluded he is the leader who is best prepared to elevate our community and to protect and enhance our quality of life. It has high confidence in Marc’s capabilities and character and for those reasons, he is the right choice to be our next Town Manager. Additional information will be provided to the public upon the successful conclusion of the Town’s contractual negotiations with Marc.