Mayor and Town Council

The Mayor and Town Council are elected in a general election every two years and all serve a two-year term. These elections take place in odd-numbered years on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. The Town council meets once each month on the first non-holiday Monday. Special meetings are held when necessary. The time and date of all meetings are advertised in compliance with state law. Meeting notices are posted in Town Hall, The Village Newsletter, and the Town’s website.

Rutledge B. Leland, III – Mayor

Aaron L. Baldwin –Town Council

Christopher B. Bates –Mayor Pro Tem

Robert J. Gannon – Town Council

James E. Scott IV – Town Council

Town Staff

Town Administrator
Michelle A. McClellan

Executive Assistant
Natalie Lewis

Zoning Administrator
Kathryn S. Basha

Town Planner
Eddie Bernard

Town Attorney
W. Andrew Gowder, Jr., CRE

McClellanville Magistrate Court
Magistrate Frances Cain-Lofton

10009 Highway 17 North, McClellanville, SC 29458      Phone:  (843) 887-3334

Uniform Ordinance Officer
Larry P. McClellan

Code Enforcement Officer
Hank Resch

Local Boards

McClellanville has several governmental boards or commissions which are staffed by volunteers appointed by Town Council. These include the Planning Commission, the Architectural Review Board, Board of Zoning Appeals and the Tree Committee. When a vacancy occurs on one of these Boards, a notice is published in the Town’s newsletter asking for applicants to submit their qualifications. By State law, all members of these Boards, except for the Tree Committee, must complete 6 hours of continuing education for the first calendar year and 3 hours of continuing education for every year the individual serves.

Planning Commission

The Planning Commission has the responsibility to develop and maintain a planning process which results in a systematic preparation, continual reevaluation and updating of elements considered necessary, critical and desirable to guide development and re-development within the Town. The Commission develops and maintains a ten-year Comprehensive Plan for the Town.

Ginny Prevost, Chair

Dan Fifis

Mary Duke

Oliver Thames

Eddie Taylor

Meets quarterly on the fourth Monday at 6:00 PM.

Architectural Review/Design Review Board​

The Architectural Review Board hears applications that pertain to the Highway Commercial, Historic, Maritime Commercial, and Village Commercial Districts. The Board reviews plans and applications for all construction within these districts, including modifications to existing buildings, demolitions (in part or whole,) and construction of new buildings and the moving of buildings into, out of, or within the districts. They also review fences, auxiliary structures, and signs. The Board has the power to approve or deny approval of such applications for Certificates of Appropriateness in accordance with prescribed procedures and guidelines. 

Eric Craig

George Scott

Leslie Scott

Tammy Huggins – Chair

Betty Hills

Meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 PM.

Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals convene to hear appeals to zoning determinations or to obtain a variance to an ordinance. Board of Zoning Appeals are heard when applicants believe to have extraordinary circumstances or conditions that exist.

Allen DuPre – Chair

Cheves Leland

T.J. Johnston

Scott Rowland

Scott Youngblood

Meets at the call of the chairperson.

Tree Committee

The Tree Committee is a standing committee of the Town and was formed in 1999 to help protect and enhance the Town’s valuable tree resources. The current, all-volunteer, committee consists of citizens who are dedicated to care and public education of trees. They also submit and adhere to the rules of Tree City USA for the Town of McClellanville.

Larry Mellichamp, Chair

Dr. Walter Bonner

Marylou High

James Liberatos

Billy McClellan

Kelly Wetzel Wilson

Meets quarterly on the second Tuesday at 5:00 pm.


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