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.
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. She is an owner of Better Brands, Inc., and serves as the Chairman of the Board and President. Mayor Bethune also owns BJ Investments, Magnolia Row Shopping Centre and The Little White Dress Bridal Boutique. Brenda Bethune offers more than 35 years of business management experience. Mayor 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 the Horry-Georgetown Early Care and Teacher Education’s Champions for Children Award. Bethune received 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. Bethune also was a founding board member and previous board president of the Children’s Museum of South Carolina, which is now known as EdVenture. Currently, she serves as a member on the Coastal Alliance Board, Grand Strand Area Transportation Study Policy Committee, Municipal Association of South Carolina and ULI: Urban Land Institute. In 2020, Mayor Bethune was nominated and selected to be in the Riley Mayors’ Design Fellowship through the Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Center for Livable Communities with Clemson University’s Master of Resilient Urban Design program. Mayor Bethune and her husband Brown are members of Seacoast Vineyard Church in Myrtle Beach. Bethune’s current term continues through January 2026.
Council Member, Mayor Pro Tem
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 ends January 2026.
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, 2015 and 2019. His current term continues until January 2024. 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 John Krajc, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker Chicora Advantage, was elected in 2019. A native of Greensboro, NC, Krajc relocated to Myrtle Beach after college. He is a graduate of Radford University in Virginia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing. Krajc took part in Leadership Grand Strand's Class 36 and served as president of the Five Points Association. He was active in the Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors Young Professionals Association as Chairperson and a member of the Board of Directors. Krajc also served on both local and state Realtor Association Legislative Committees. In college, he served as president of Beta Gamma Sigma, the International Business Honors Society. John Krajc is a graduate of the City of Myrtle Beach's Citizens Police Academy, Citizens Fire Academy and My Beach 101 Citizens Academy. His Council term continues until January 2024.
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 2026. 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. 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.
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.
To see a complete list of past Council members, see our Who Served When: Myrtle Beach City Council History webpage.