City Council

  1. Mission

The mission of the City of Beaufort is to provide responsible, cost-effective, and courteous service with professionalism and integrity. Beaufort is a community of choice, building on our history and working in harmony with our natural environment to provide diverse opportunities for the highest quality of life.

We’re proud to say that Beaufort is where history, charm and business thrive!

City of Beaufort Election 2020 Packet   

City of Beaufort has three (3) seats becoming vacant on City Council this fall, the Mayor seat and two (2) Council seats.  If you meet the qualifications listed in the packet and are in interested in running in the November election, here is the packet that must be completed and turned into the City Clerk.  The deadline for filing is Friday, August 14 at noon.

Beaufort City Council

The Beaufort City Council is composed of five members, including the mayor. Each member is elected at-large by voters within the city limits to four-year, staggered terms, with elections held every two years.

Council members set policy and govern through their single employee, the city manager. The city manager is responsible for day-to-day operations, as well as carrying out policy decisions made by the City Council. Each member is devoted to keeping the well-being of the City and its residents and visitors top of mind while fulfilling their responsibilities.

Council members elect a mayor pro tem from within the body to serve in the absence of the mayor.

  1. Regular Meetings
  2. Worksession Meetings
  3. Special Meetings

Council meetings:

  • are held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month

  • are held at 1911 Boundary Street at the Beaufort Municipal Complex inside City Hall, 2nd Floor - Council Chambers

  • Work Session begins at 5 p.m.; Regular Session begins at 7 p.m.

Meeting schedule

2020 City Council meeting schedule

Agendas & minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval. 

Most recent agendas and minutes


Council members do not maintain offices at City Hall; however, official correspondence may be sent to the attention of the City Clerk.

City Council

mayor 2018

Billy Keyserling

5 Rising Tide
Beaufort, SC 29902
(843) 592-0400 (Work)
(843) 521-2600 (Home)

Billy Keyserling is a Beaufort native who graduated from Brandeis University (BS, Magna Cum Laude) and Boston University (MS).  He worked in Washington, DC for almost 16 years providing administrative and legislative duties for members of the U.S. Congress, coordinating an international human rights initiative and working as a public affairs consultant.

He returned to Beaufort in 1989.  Keyserling served two terms in the S.C. House of Representatives where he was Vice Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Energy and served as Chairman of the Beaufort County Legislative Delegation.  After deciding against seeking a third term in the legislature, Keyserling was elected to Beaufort City Council in 2000 and served one term.  He became Mayor in 2008 and was re-elected in 2012 and 2016.  Keyserling serves on the boards of the Municipal Association of South Carolina and the South Carolina Humanities Council.

Councilman Stephen D Murray III

Stephen D. Murray III

609 Craven Street
Beaufort, SC 29902

Stephen Murray was elected to City Council in 2014.  He is a third generation Beaufortonian, and graduated from Beaufort High School. Murray then attended the University of South Carolina Beaufort.  Murray also graduated from Leadership Beaufort in 2010. He and his wife, Melissa have twin girls.  

Murray has been in business as an owner and operator, and currently owns two Beaufort-based small businesses, Kazoobie Kazoos and New South Shirts. Kazoobie is a two time, Top 75 Small Business in the United States awarded by the US Chamber of Commerce.  

In between running his business and family life, Murray has served the community in many capacities including: Chairman, Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce; President, Leadership Beaufort Alumni Association; South Carolina Ambassador for Economic Development representing Beaufort County, and Commissioner, City of Beaufort Redevelopment Commission.  

Councilman Philip E Cromer

Philip E. Cromer

162 Spanish Point Dr.
 Beaufort, SC 29902
 843-263-9903 (Mobile) 

Phil Cromer was elected to City Council in 2014, and is a native of Charleston, South Carolina.  Cromer has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina, and a joint Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from the College of Charleston and the University of South Carolina.  He has also earned an Associates Degree in Risk Management - Public Sector (ARM-P) from the Insurance Institute of America. Prior to retirement in January 2014, he spent 23 years as a Risk Management Consultant for the Municipal Association of South Carolina.  

As well as being a U.S. Army Veteran and serving in the U.S. Army Reserves, Cromer has served as Town Manager of the Town of Port Royal - SC, Town Administrator for the Town of Ridgeland - SC, and Economic and Community Development Coordinator of the Lowcountry Council of Governments.  

Councilwoman Nan B Sutton

Nan B. Sutton

809 Craven Street
Beaufort, SC 29902

Nan Sutton was elected to Beaufort City Council in November 2016, and is a Beaufort native. Sutton graduated from Beaufort Academy and went on to obtain a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the College of Charleston.  After college, she worked in New York City for 16 years before returning to the Lowcountry.  Sutton opened her Lulu Burgess store in downtown Beaufort in 2000, and in 2013, she earned the Main Street South Carolina Inspiration Award for excellence in retail.

Sutton served on the Main Street Beaufort Board for seven years, two of them as chair.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the local Child Abuse Prevention Association. Sutton has been closely involved in City issues, including parking and economic growth. Sutton has attended most City Council meetings since 2008 as a businesswoman and city resident.

Mayor Pro Tem Mike McFee

Mayor Pro Tem
Mike McFee

2302 Wilson Dr.
Beaufort, SC 29902
843-321-0556  (Work)
843-522-1528 (Home)

Mike McFee was elected to City Council in November 2008 and was re-elected in 2012 and 2016.  He graduated from Beaufort High School and earned a Bachelor's degree in Business and Biology from the University of South Carolina.  He has been a Real Estate Broker for more than 25 years and works with HomeTown Realty.  McFee previoulsy served on the city's Tourism Managerment Advisory Commission (TMAC) and Waterways Commission.  

He is a past Chairman of the Board of the Greater Beaufort Chamber of Commerce, and past president of the Beaufort Realtors Association.  McFee recently served as chairman of the Small Business Development Advisory Board-USC and  is a member of Carteret Street United Methodist Church.