The Daufuskie Island Council elected Bill Greenwood its new chairman with a unanimous vote of the nine-member panel.
Greenwood, elected at the group's retreat Monday, has held an at-large seat on the panel since it was formed two years ago and has lived on the island for more than 10 years.
He called former chairman Aaron Crosby the "glue that kept the council together" while the panel established itself.
"Aaron took a group in two years... and turned it into a respected group at the state, federal and, most importantly, county level," he said.
The group, which formed three years ago, does not have the powers of a government but Greenwood said residents of the island agreed they needed a more unified voice to represent their interests on the county, state and federal level.
Crosby still serves on council but asked not to be considered for a third term because he wants to focus on addressing the island's water-transportation issues. The contract for the island's only public ferry service, run by J&W Corp., expires June 30.
Both Crosby and Greenwood have one year left in their three-year terms.
Greenwood said he wants to improve the island's waste management, road maintenance and communication with Beaufort County government.
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