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2018 CITY GUIDE HILTON HEAD ISLAND: Here to Serve

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Josh GruberGRUBER TAKES THE REINS AS HILTON HEAD’S NEW ASSISTANT TOWN MANAGER

Joshua A. Gruber, Hilton Head Island’s new assistant town manager, is settling into his job, determined to build on a legacy left by his predecessor.

He replaces Greg DeLoach, who was assistant town manager for 19 years and announced his retirement last fall. Gruber said DeLoach had a good relationship with the town manager and “I just need to plug in where he left off.”

Selected for the Hilton Head position from more than 130 applicants, Gruber had been interim Beaufort County administrator since 2017. He joined the county as an attorney in 2011, and was later promoted to deputy county administrator and special counsel. 

Gruber, 37, said he had applied to be county administrator — and had been recommended for the position by several Beaufort County Council members. But when Hilton Head town manager Steve Riley and DeLoach reached out to him in April, “ultimately, their offer to come on board with the town was too good to pass up.”

annual salary is $152,000.

Though Gruber, who makes an annual salary of $152,000, was already familiar with Hilton Head, his early days on the job have been spent getting a better understanding of the intricacies of the town.

“More of a longer-term goal is building on the success that Greg had in this position,” he said. “He is well known and thought of.”

The finance, information technology, administrative services, legal, municipal court, cultural affairs and public information departments report to Gruber, who also is liaison to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

An Ohio native, Gruber is a Clemson University graduate with a master’s in public administration from Georgia State University and a law degree from Capital University Law School. He and his wife, Ashley, live on Lady’s Island with their two sons, ages 9 and 5 — Gruber said he is not required to live on Hilton Head, though he and his wife have been considering relocating.

Gruber said he wants Hilton Head residents to know that he is accessible.

“I am here to serve the citizens of the town,” he said.