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Your Myrtle Beach City Council

For a complete list of past Council members, see our Who Served When:  Myrtle Beach City Council History webpage.  Want to watch Council meetings online?  Click here.

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To contact your elected city officials directly, send a group email to dearcitycouncil@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or call 843-918-1004.  Individual email addresses for Council members are provided below.  To see a complete list of past Council members, visit our Who Served When:  Myrtle Beach City Council History webpage.


Brenda BethuneBRENDA BETHUNE
Mayor
bbethune@cityofmyrtlebeach.com

Mayor Brenda Bethune is a Myrtle Beach native.  First elected in 2017 and again in 2021, she is the first woman to ever be elected as Mayor.  Bethune’s sincere passion to serve her community has been a lifelong commitment.  Brenda Bethune offers more than 39 years of business development and management experience.  She owns BJ Investments, a property investment, development and rental company, as well as Magnolia Row Shopping Centre and The Little White Dress Bridal Boutique.  Bethune is also the majority owner of Better Brands, Inc.  As a graduate of the Riley Mayors’ Design Fellowship through Clemson University, Mayor Bethune currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Municipal Association of South Carolina.  She has also served on many local boards and received the Pee Dee Council of Boy Scouts of America’s Distinguished Citizens Award, the Special Operations Wounded Warriors’ Tip of the Sword Award and the Horry-Georgetown Early Care and Teacher Education’s Champions for Children Award.  Bethune was also honored with an award from the Palmetto Leadership Council in recognition of her many contributions to South Carolina.  Bethune’s current term continues through January 2026.



Mike Chestnut RevizeMICHAEL CHESTNUT
Mayor Pro Tem
mchestnut@cityofmyrtlebeach.com

Councilman Mike Chestnut, a real estate agent and restaurateur, took office in November 2000 following his election to Council.  He was re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.  Councilman Chestnut's current term continues until January 2024.  A long-time resident and businessperson in the Myrtle Beach community, Mr. Mike Chestnut owns and operates a restaurant in the Myrtle Beach downtown area.  He served on the Myrtle Beach Housing Authority prior to his election to Myrtle Beach City Council.




Jackie Vereen RevizeJACKIE HATLEY
jhatley@cityofmyrtlebeach.com

Councilwoman Jackie Vereen Hatley is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.  Mrs. Hatley offers more than 25 years of experience in the tourism industry as a hotel owner.  Jackie previously served on the City of Myrtle Beach's Community Appearance Board as well as the Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority Committee.  Councilwoman Hatley is an active member of the Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club and attends First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach.  Jackie Vereen Hatley’s current term ends in January 2026.




KrajcJOHN KRAJC
johnkrajc@cityofmyrtlebeach.com

Councilmember John Krajc, a real estate broker and owner of invi Real Estate, was elected in 2019.  A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Krajc relocated to Myrtle Beach after college.  He is a graduate of Radford University in Virginia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing.  Prior to serving on City Council, Krajc took part in Leadership Grand Strand's Class 36 and served as president of the Five Points Association.  He also served on both local and state Realtor Association Legislative Committees.  As a former Chairperson for the Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors Young Professionals Association, John currently serves as a member of the association’s Board of Directors through the end of 2022.  John Krajc is a graduate of the City of Myrtle Beach's Citizens Police Academy, Citizens Fire Academy and My Beach 101 Citizens Academy.  He is also a graduate of the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s Government Official Institute.  In 2022, Councilman Krajc was accepted as a member of the next class of Leadership SC, a statewide leadership program.  His Council term continues until January 2024.



Mike Lowder RevizeCLYDE H. “MIKE” LOWDER

mlowder@cityofmyrtlebeach.com

Councilman Mike Lowder was elected to City Council in 2009.  He was re-elected in 2013 and 2017 for a term of office that will expire in January 2026.  Prior to his election, he served on the City of Myrtle Beach’s Board of Zoning Appeals.  Mr. Lowder is a graduate of Horry-Georgetown Technical College with a degree in Criminal Justice.  Councilman Mike Lowder served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and then worked for more than 26 years in the Myrtle Beach Police Department and Horry County Sheriff’s Office, completing his public law enforcement career as Chief Deputy of the Sheriff’s Office.  After his time in law enforcement, Mr. Mike Lowder became a private investigator and now serves as President of Phoenix Security Solutions in Myrtle Beach.



Phil Render 2020 RevizePHILIP N. RENDER, DMD
prender@cityofmyrtlebeach.com

Councilmember Phil Render is a general dentist.  Dr. Render was in private practice for 27 years, then served as Dean of Health Sciences at Horry-Georgetown Technical College.  He also was an adjunct clinical faculty member of the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine.  Dr. Render served on the board of trustees of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities and was a member of the Horry County Higher Education Commission.  Dr. Render is a past board member of the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation, Ocean View Memorial Foundation and South Carolina First Steps.  He was first elected to City Council in November 2003 (re-elected in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019).  His current term of office will expire in January 2024.  Dr. Phil Render is a graduate of Wofford College and the Medical University of South Carolina.



Gregg Smith RevizeGREGG SMITH
gsmith@cityofmyrtlebeach.com

City Councilman Gregg Smith is a graduate of Myrtle Beach High School and the University of South Carolina.  Currently, he is a Realtor with Century 21 Broadhurst.  In addition to his role as a councilmember, Mr. Smith represents the City of Myrtle Beach as a member of the Board of Directors for the Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation and the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments.  Prior to serving on City Council, he served on the Board of Directors for the Grand Strand Miracle Leagues and Habitat for Humanity of Horry County organizations.  Smith’s current term continues through January 2026.


To see a complete list of past Council members, see our Who Served When:  Myrtle Beach City Council History webpage.