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Myrtle Beach was incorporated as a town on March 12, 1938, and became a city in 1957, when the permanent population first exceeded 5,000.

Myrtle Beach City Council

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Corner Icon The seven-member Myrtle Beach City Council includes six council members and a mayor, all elected at-large for staggered, four-year terms.  City Council meets twice a month at 2:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday at the Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center, 1101 Oak Street.

Blue Box  The City of Myrtle Beach operates under the Council-Manager form of government.  City voters overwhelmingly adopted that system in November 1973.  As the legislative body, Council sets the policy direction and hires a professional city manager who serves as the chief executive officer of the corporation and oversees the day-to-day operations of the city. 

Corner Icon Questions?  E-mail or call (843) 918-1014.  


City Attorney's Office


Thomas E. Ellenburg, City Attorney


The Office of the City Attorney is governed by state law in S. C. Code Ann. 5-7-230 and local law 2-131 and 2-48.  City Council appoints the city attorney, and the city attorney appoints assistants, with the concurrence of Council.  The city attorney serves at the will of Council, and the assistants serve at the will of the city attorney.

As corporate counsel, the City Attorney's Office provides legal counsel to the mayor and City Council, the city manager and all employees of the operating departments, as well as the city's boards and commissions.  The city attorney provides litigation services, oversight and supervision of the city in all state and federal courts

The office prosecutes cases in Municipal Court, through its assistant city attorneys, and coordinates the bench and jury trial docket to dispose of cases in a timely manner.  Other legal services include the following:  monitoring risk exposures and recommending policies and procedures accordingly, retaining outside counsel when needed, verifying property titles and ownership, conducting contract negotiations, reviewing draft ordinances and resolutions, interpreting code enforcement issues, and advising on the processing of claims

The city attorneys and the full-time assistant city attorneys are not private attorneys, and are not solicitors or district attorneys, as the terms are commonly understood.  The 15th Circuit Solicitor for Horry County can be reached by contacting Horry County.  The city attorneys are not permitted to offer legal advice to citizens, and may only advise and advocate on behalf of the municipal corporation. 

If you need private legal advice, you must contact a private attorney of your choosing.  You may receive free legal advice from members of the South Carolina Bar Association by calling 1-888-321-3644.  This service is available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. 

City Attorney Thomas E. Ellenburg

P. O. Box 2468, Myrtle Beach, SC  29578

Office:  937 Broadway Street, Myrtle Beach, SC  29577

Office:  (843) 918-1008  Fax:  (843) 918-1028

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City Hall
937 Broadway Street
P.O. Box 2468, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
(843) 918-1000   Fax: (843) 918-1028
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