Your Myrtle Beach City Council
To contact your elected city officials directly, send a group email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Mayor Brenda Bethune is a native of Myrtle Beach and serves as the CEO and majority owner of Better Brands, Inc. Mayor Bethune also owns BJ Investments, a property investment and rental company, and two bridal boutiques: The Little White Dress in Myrtle Beach and Maddison Row in Charleston, South Carolina. Mayor Bethune earned an Associate Degree in Business and has completed all required courses in the Anheuser-Busch Management Development Program. Brenda Bethune offers more than 35 years of business management experience. Mayor Brenda Bethune was the recipient of the Distinguished Citizens Award from the Pee Dee Council of Boy Scouts of America, the Special Operations Wounded Warriors’ Tip of the Sword Award and Horry-Georgetown Early Care and Teacher Education’s Champions for Children Award. Bethune was recognized with an award from the Palmetto Leadership Council in recognition of her contributions to South Carolina. Mayor Bethune previously served on the Board of Coastal Education Foundation, Coastal Carolina University’s Spadoni College of Education Board, Coastal Carolina University’s Visitors at Wall School of Business Board and the Coastal Carolina Bank Board. Bethune also was a founding board member and previous board president of the Children’s Museum of South Carolina. She is a member of the SC Beer Association and the National Beer Wholesalers Association. Mayor Bethune is a member of Seacoast Vineyard Church in Myrtle Beach. Bethune’s current term continues through January 2022.
Council Member, Mayor Pro Tem
Council member Mike Chestnut, a real estate agent and restaurateur, took office in November 2000 following his election to Council and was re-elected in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015. His current term continues until January 2020. A long-time resident and businessperson in the Myrtle Beach community, Mr. Chestnut owns and operates a restaurant in the downtown area. He served on the Myrtle Beach Housing Authority prior to his election to City Council.
Council member Mary Jeffcoat is a strategic planning and media consultant, working primarily with nonprofit organizations. She served two terms on Myrtle Beach City Council from 1984 to 1992 and was elected to a third term in 2015. From 2012 to 2014, she worked with the City to implement Council's policy on better coordinating services offered to the homeless. Mrs. Jeffcoat earned a B.A. degree in Journalism from the University of South Carolina. Her current term of office runs to January 2020.
CLYDE H. “MIKE” LOWDER
Council member Mike Lowder was elected to City Council in 2009 and re-elected in 2013 and 2017 for a term of office that will expire in January 2022. Prior to his election, he served on the City’s Board of Zoning Appeals. Mr. Lowder is a graduate of Horry-Georgetown Technical College with a degree in Criminal Justice. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, 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. Mr. Lowder became a private investigator and is now President of Phoenix Security Solutions of Myrtle Beach.
PHILIP N. RENDER, DMD
Councilmember Phil Render is a general dentist with a private practice in Surfside Beach, South Carolina. Dr. Render previously served as Dean of Academic Affairs at Horry-Georgetown Technical College and as an adjunct clinical faculty member of the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine. He also 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. He is currently a member of the Ocean View Memorial Foundation. Councilman Render was first elected to City Council in November 2003 and re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2015. His current term of office will expire in January 2020. Dr. Phil Render is a graduate of Wofford College and the Medical University of South Carolina.
Council member Gregg Smith is a graduate of Myrtle Beach High School and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. For the past nine years, Councilman Smith has been a Realtor with Century 21 Broadhurst. Councilman Smith previously served on the gsSCENE Steering Committee and participated in Leadership Grand Strand. Prior to serving on City Council, Councilman Smith served on the Board of Directors for both Habitat for Humanity of Horry County and the Grand Strand Miracle Leagues. Smith’s current term continues through January 2022.
Council member Jackie Vereen Hatley is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Business Administration. Hatley offers more than 25 years of experience in the tourism industry as a hotel owner. She previously served on the Community Appearance Board as well as the Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority Committee. Councilwoman Hatley is a member of the Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club and attends First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach. Hatley’s current term continues through January 2022.
To see a complete list of past Council members, see our Who Served When: Myrtle Beach City Council History webpage.