Your County Government
The General Assembly of South Carolina chartered Beaufort County to operate under the council-administrator form of government with passage of the Local Government Law (Home Rule Act) in 1975.
Beaufort County Council is an elected body responsible for passing ordinances, setting county policies and developing an annual budget for the administration of public services to citizens. The Chairman is elected to a two-year term by Council at the first meeting in January following a general election. The Vice Chairman is charged with carrying out the duties of the Chairman in his or her absence. Council members serve 4-year staggered terms and each council member sits on at least one - usually a few - of five committees that focus on specific areas of concern. Committees include Community Services, Finance, Governmental, Natural Resources and Public Facilities. Committee members must also participate on sub-committees and specific task forces as needs arise. Each Council member represents one of eleven districts within the County.
The Beaufort County Administrator is the County's chief executive and reports to County Council.
The Clerk to Council is appointed by Beaufort County Council and manages Council's official proceedings, records and documents. She is responsible for ensuring that Council's legal responsibilities are met regarding the announcement of public meetings, hearings, boards and commissions, and other official events. The Clerk to Council must maintain confidentiality in the executive processes of her office and serve as a "neutral servant" during the administration of her duties. She works directly and solely for County Council and supports its efforts.