City Manager

Organization: City of Hardeeville, South Carolina
Salary: The beginning salary for the position is negotiable based on qualifications and experience.
Close Date: Resumes will be reviewed as they arrive.

Job Description:

The City of Hardeeville was founded in 1911 and is in the southern Lowcountry region of South Carolina, just north of Savannah, Georgia. The City currently occupies a land area of fifty-eight (58) square miles and has a population of approximately 14,000 residents. The City is empowered to levy a property tax on both real and personal properties located within its boundaries.

Hardeeville is a gateway to the Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and Beaufort/Port Royal tourism markets due in part to its access to regional roadways. Two major interchanges along Interstate 95, Exit 5 and Exit 8, are within City limits and provide primary access to these destinations. Two major arterials, US Highway 278 (running east/west) and SC Highway 17 (running north/south), accommodate much of the traffic in both Jasper and Beaufort Counties. Much of Hardeeville's large-scale residential and commercial growth is occurring along these corridors.

In recent years, the City of Hardeeville and Jasper County experienced increased economic opportunity and population growth complimenting the growth of Beaufort County and the Town of Bluffton. As City leadership saw growth in these neighboring communities, they developed and implemented a long-term plan with a vision focused on economic development, the addition of quality housing options for residents and providing quality recreational opportunities for the citizenry.

Hardeeville's growth has included annexing large tracts of land. Through these annexations, the City grew more than tenfold, five square miles in 2000 to fifty-seven square miles in 2022. Hardeeville has been the fastest growing municipality in South Carolina over the last ten years. The City’s expansion has generated some commercial development and the development of quality housing in communities such as Sun City, Hilton Head Lakes, and Latitude Margaritaville. These residential communities continue to expand and other new developments are underway, further increasing the availability of housing and commercial opportunities.

Hardeeville operates under the Council/Manager form of government. Policymaking and legislative authority are vested in a City Council consisting of a directly elected Mayor and four council members. All are elected to four-year staggered terms. The City Council is responsible for passing ordinances, adopting the budget, appointing committees, and hiring the City Manager, City Attorney and Municipal Judge. The City Manager is responsible for carrying out policies and ordinances of the City Council, for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the government and for appointing the heads of various departments. Hardeeville provides a full range of services including the Municipal Judge, the City Attorney, the City Clerk, Administrative Services, Finance, Planning, Police, Fire, Public Works, Parks, Recreation & Tourism, Media, Information Systems, Project Management and Human Resources. The City’s current total budget is $53,914,850 of which $27,791,505 comprises the General Fund. The City employs 156.5 FTE’s.

The position requires a combination of education and experience equivalent to attainment of an MPA or MBA complemented by at least 5 years of increasingly responsible local government management experience. Recent experience as a local government department head, assistant or deputy city manager will also be seriously considered. Ideal experience includes experience in a rapid growth community with has economic development, redevelopment, and outcome-based organizational performance measurement. Must understand the elements of economic sustainability in a City containing both older and newer sections.

The successful candidate must clearly possess and apply the superior management and leadership knowledge, skill, ability, commitment, and energy needed to achieve the Council’s goals.
For detailed information about Hardeeville, visit the City’s website at A full recruitment profile is available at

Compensation for the position will be highly competitive. Beginning compensation is negotiable based on qualifications and experience. The City provides excellent employee benefits which include paid time off, medical, dental, prescription drug, life/AD&D, retirement benefits and professional development. The City also offers employee paid supplemental plans such as vision, long term disability, and more.
The position will remain open until filled. Resumes will be reviewed as they arrive. If interested, please email a cover letter and resume with current salary as soon as possible to:

Robert E. Slavin, President
Phone: (770) 449-4656


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