When I first became a member of Hilton Head Island Town Council in 2012, I had the opportunity to interact with our Human Resources Department. One of the team members I met was Angie Stone, who at that time was the senior human resources administrator.
In the short time I have known her, Angie impressed me with her knowledge of managing resources for town employees. So, I wasn’t surprised when she rose from her senior HR position to director of human resources in 2018.
Last year, when we sought a new town manager, Angie was one of the individuals who took the lead in guiding me and my colleagues on Town Council through the hiring process.
So, again, it came as no surprise to me when she was called upon to serve as one of the interim deputy town managers until our permanent town manager, Marc Orlando, arrived. During that period, she demonstrated leadership and compassion for our community and town staff.
Those qualities stood out when Marc reorganized his leadership team. He offered Angie the opportunity to serve in the role of assistant town manager. She now oversees the communications, cultural affairs, technology and innovation, and human resources departments.
Prior to joining the town in November 2001, Angie held human resources positions with Westinghouse in the Columbia area. A native South Carolinian, she grew up with three siblings in a community near Edisto Island. They were raised by a single mother who pushed them to excel.
When she came to Hilton Head Island in search of a new job, she, like many other visitors, was drawn to island’s beautiful communities and wanted her then 2-year-old son to grow up near the beach.
Angie found the rich history, the culture, the environment, the educational system, and the warm hospitality appealing enough to accept a position with the town, and spent the next 20 years of her career here.
As I have gotten to know Angie better, I have found her to be a warm human being who has a strong desire to serve our public. Angie has hit the ground running in her new role and has been taking every opportunity to engage with organizations and other leaders in our community to learn how the town can best meet their needs.
Some programs we have in the works under her leadership include an introduction to local government, which will be co-sponsored with the Neighborhood Outreach Connection, and a year-round internship program with the University of South Carolina-Beaufort’s hospitality campus.
This is an exciting position for Angie and I know she will do well in serving our community.
John McCann is the mayor of the Town of Hilton Head Island. JohnM@hiltonhead islandsc.gov