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Mayor / City Council

The Beaufort City Council is composed of five members, including the Mayor.   

All are elected at-large to four-year, staggered terms, with elections held every two years.  Council members elect a Mayor Pro Tem from within the body to serve in the absence of the Mayor. 

City Council Regular 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
  • meetings start at 7 p.m.

City Council Worksessions:

  • are held the second, third and fourth Tuesday of each month
  • are held 1911 Boundary Street at the Beaufort Municipal Complex inside City Hall, 1st Floor Planning Conference Room
  • meetings start at 5 p.m.

Special Meetings: 

  • the City Council will have an occasional special meetings throughout the year, as needed may be required.

Council members do not maintain offices at City Hall, however official correspondence may be sent to the attention of the City Clerk at 1911 Boundary Street Beaufort, South Carolina 29902.


Click here to view the 2016 City Council meeting schedule dates.

             Billy Keyserling

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




A native Beaufortonian, Billy Keyserling graduated from Brandeis University (BS, Magna Cum Laude) and Boston University (MS). 

Prior to returning to Beaufort in 1989, Billy spent almost sixteen years working on and around Capitol Hill in Washington, DC: with administrative and legislative duties for members of the U.S. Congress, coordinating an international Human Rights initiative and as a public affairs consultant. 

Keyserling served two terms in the S.C. House of Representatives where he was Vice Chair of the Joint Legislative Committee on Energy and Chairman of the Beaufort County Legislative Delegation.  After deciding to not seek a third term,  Keyserling was elected to City Council in 2000 and served one term.   

Billy is a licensed Real Estate Broker in SC and GA and has his series 22 and 63 Securities Licenses under Welton Street Investments, LLC.  His business focus is counseling clients on Tax Efficient Strategies for exiting highly appreciated real estate, Real Estate for Charity and Conservation Easements.

Billy Keyserling was elected Mayor in November of 2008.

          Philip E. Cromer

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





Elected to City Council in 2014, Phil Cromer is a native of Charleston, South Carolina.  Mr. Cromer has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of South Carolina,   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 twenty-three 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, Mr. 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 the the Lowcountry Council of Governments.  

Phil lives in Spanish Point with his wife, Amelie Aimar, of Beaufort and has two children and two grandchildren.  He is currently licensed as a Property and Casualty Producer with the S.C. Department of Insurance.     

         George H. O'Kelley Jr.

         2007 North Street
         Beaufort, SC 29902
         843-524-3233 (Office)




Councilman George O'Kelley, a graduate of the Citadel and University of South Carolina Law School, is serving his third term on the Beaufort City Council.  Past experiences include service as a Municipal Judge, member of the South Carolina Judicial Screening Committee, president of the Beaufort County Bar and Trustee on the Historic Beaufort Foundation.

Councilman O'Kelley is serving out the term of the late City Councilman Gary Fordham.

Mr. O'Kelley served in the Marine Corps on active duty and reserve, retired as a Lt. Colonel with medals and decorations including the Navy/Marine Achievment Medal, Vietnam Campaign and Combat Action Ribbon.

Mr. O'Kelley is a participating lawyer who is married to the former Yancey Heins. They have three sons and six grandchildren.  

         Stephen D. Murray III

         817 Audusta Pl. 
         Beaufort, SC 29902




Elected to City Council 2014, Stephen is a third generation Beaufortonian, and is a graduate of Beaufort High School.  He and his wife, Melissa have twin girls.  He has been in small business as an owner or operator for most of his life and currently own 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.  He graduated from Leadership Beaufort in 2010, and says the experience changed his life.  He was inspired by those who give so tirelessly of their time and resources to preserve and protect the amazing place we call home.  

Mr. 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.  

In his free time Stephen enjoys boating, reading and spending time with friends and family. 

         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.  He has been a Real Estate Broker for more than 25 years and is with HomeTown Realty.  Mr. McFee has previoulsy served on the Tourism Managerment Advisory Commission (TMAC) and Waterways Commission for the City.  He is a past Chairman of the Board of the Greater Beaufort Chamber of Commerce, and past president of the Beaufort Realtors Association.  Mr. McFee most recently served as the Neighborhood Coordinator for the United Way Campaign-Northern Beaufort County, and is a member of Carteret Street United Methodist Church.