The Mayor and four Council Members comprise the legislative branch of the Town. It is their duty to set overall policy in matters concerning the operation of the Town’s affairs. The Mayor is further charged with the executive functions of Town management. He is responsible for coordinating and carrying out the policies established by the Town Council and for seeing that the duties of all Town employees are performed efficiently and effectively. Terms for Mayor and Council Members are two years. The at-large elections are nonpartisan. These elected officials are volunteers who receive no compensation.
The Town Administrator provides support and advice to the Mayor on these matters. The Town of Kiawah Island is unique among other South Carolina municipalities. Kiawah Island is a residential community with a resort, surrounded by a unique and beautiful natural setting.