Mayor Pro Tem Gary Santos, a Mount Pleasant native, was first elected to serve on Town Council in 1996. He was re-elected in 2000, 2004 and in November 2013.
Mayor Pro Tem Santos chairs the Bids & Purchases Committee. He sits on the Finance, Fire, and Water Supply Committees of Council.
He is also a council representative on CARTA.
Council Member Santos holds a degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Leadership Development from Trident Technical College. He is a board member and vice president of the Charleston Port & Seafarers Society.
He was named the 2005 Local Government Official of the Year for the State of South Carolina by the South Carolina Parks and Recreation Association; the 2005 Recreation Advocate of the Year by the Charleston Metro Sports Council; and a 2011 Volunteer of the Year by the Mount Pleasant Recreation Department.
He is the general manager of Inchcape Shipping Services.
Council Member Santos, a life-long member of Christ our King Catholic Church, is the parent of two children - Christopher, who attended the Citadel and Taylor who attends Clemson University.