MOUNT PLEASANT -- Mayor Billy Swails said Tuesday night that he is dropping his effort to create a "strong mayor" form of government.

"My three council members slapped my hand a little bit," Swails said at a council meeting.

He was referring to the Feb. 7 meeting of the four-member Police, Judicial & Legal Committee where council members Thomasena Stokes-Marshall, Elton Carrier and Chris Nickels said they could not support Swails' idea. He is committee chairman.

The town has a "weak mayor/strong council" government like Isle of Palms and Sullivans Island. Swails was advocating for a "strong mayor/weak council," a system that he said works well in Charleston and North Charleston.

Swails made his comments Tuesday night during a report to council about the meeting of the committee where he raised the issue.

"Things are going well. Right now I think we are going to cool our heels. We'll bow to your wishes," he said.

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