Town Manager Stephen Steese appointed former Director of Finance & Administration Chris Forster and former Director of Growth Management Heather Colin as assistant town managers.
“I am honored to have Heather and Chris as my immediate advisors to operate the town as efficiently and effectively as possible,” Town Manager Stephen Steese said. “Their seasoned approach, experience and expertise are assets to Town operations. Together with staff, our intention is to always provide our community with balanced solutions to issues, projects and policies which will shape Bluffton into the future.”
Forster, a certified public finance officer and certified government financial manager, will continue to lead the finance and administration department as well as oversee the Don Ryan Center for Innovation, the Town’s economic development efforts, municipal court, business license division and human resources.
Prior to joining the Town of Bluffton in November 2019, Chris worked on government consolidation and shared services efforts for the State of Oklahoma. He was also the controller for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science and a master’s degree of public administration with a graduate certificate in government financial management from the University of Connecticut.
Heather Colin has also been appointed assistant town manager, focusing on the Town’s planning and projects. Colin oversees the Growth Management Department comprised of the building safety division, planning and community development as well as customer service. As assistant town manager, she will also oversee the Engineering Department comprised of the Capital Improvement Program and Watershed Management.
Prior to Colin joining the Town in 2016 as the director of growth management, she was the development review administrator for the Town of Hilton Head Island. She has also worked in local and regional South Carolina government since graduating with a master’s degree in city and regional planning from Clemson University in 1999. Colin is a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners as well as a member of the International City Manager’s Association.