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Mayor / City Council

Below is a brief description of our City Council, as well as short bios on each of our five Council members.  

Beaufort City Council

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

To view the 2018 City Council meeting schedule, click here.


         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.




       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.  



      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.  



     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.  

      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.