Mayor & City Council
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Mayor Brenda Bethune is a native of Myrtle Beach who has always had a sincere passion to serve her community. She owns BJ Investments, a property investment, development and rental company, as well as Magnolia Row Shopping Centre. She was also the majority owner of Better Brands, Incorporated, where she gained more than 39 years of business development, sales and management experience. She is a graduate of the Riley Mayors’ Design Fellowship through Clemson University and she serves on the Board of Directors of the Municipal Association of South Carolina. Even though she has served on many local and state boards, her pride is in giving back to her community to make it a better place for generations to come. Mayor Bethune loves her job as a public servant and when introduced to people, her common request is, “Please call me Brenda.” Brenda Bethune was first elected in 2017 and was the first female Mayor of Myrtle Beach.
Michael "Mike" Chestnut, Mayor Pro Tem
Councilman Mike Chestnut, a real estate agent and restaurateur, took office in November 2000 following his election to Myrtle Beach City Council. He was re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. Councilman Michael 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 City Council.
Jackie Hatley, Councilmember
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.
John Krajc, Councilmember
Clyde "Mike" H. Lowder, Councilmember
Philip N. Render, DMD, Councilmember
Councilmember Phil Render is a general dentist and former Mayor Pro Tem. Dr. Render is a life member of the South Carolina Dental Association where he served as Chairman of the Pee Dee District Legislative Committee. Dr. Render was in private practice for 27 years, and 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, Tidelands Health Foundation and South Carolina First Steps. He is also a former member of the Lemuel Benton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. Dr. Render is credentialed by the South Carolina Board of Dentistry, South Carolina Real Estate Commission and South Carolina Department of Insurance. Dr. Render was first elected to serve on City Council in November 2003, and was 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, Councilmember
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.