Dorchester County operates under a Council Administrator form of government and has 766 full-time positions. A seven-member County Council is elected by district and provides policy direction to the County. The County Council appoints the County Administrator, the County Clerk, the County Attorney, and the Delinquent Tax Collector.
The County Administrator is responsible for the administration of all departments under the control of the County Council. Functions under the County Administrator include Fire; Emergency Medical Services; Building Services; Human Resources; Budget and Finance; Risk Management; Purchasing; Assessor; Water and Sewer; Emergency Management; Public Works; Planning and Zoning; Airports; Procurement; Information Technology; Economic Development; and Facilities, Grounds, and Recreation. The present County administrator has been in the position since 2004 and is assisted by a Deputy County Administrator and a Chief Financial Officer.
Dorchester County government delivers essential services that contribute to the well being and quality of life of its citizens. In doing so, we seek to meet the collective needs of our citizens in a cost-effective manner.
The government of Dorchester County will be recognized for its innovative, efficient, and effective delivery of services. County government will be characterized by its enlightened policy leadership, dedicated and professional employees, its commitment to quality, and its citizen focus.
In partnership with its citizens and businesses, it will play a leadership role in achieving a balance between growth, the environment, and preservation of the unique cultural and natural characteristics of Dorchester County.
The primary focus of this seal is the old bell tower of St. George’s Anglican Church located at the site of colonial Dorchester. This is the last remaining archeological and architectural feature of the important colonial town of Dorchester. The bell tower represents the heritage of Dorchester County going back to the town of Dorchester; its link to Dorchester, Massachusetts; and, ultimately, our historical link to Dorchester,
The live oaks symbolize the richness of the old forests of this land and the longevity of this tree relates to the heritage of this place.
The circle of leaves symbolize magnolia leaves and link together like the hands of all the citizens of our county, linked together for a common purpose. The proposed motto, “SERVICE JUSTICE PROSPERITY” represents the goals of county government.
1897 is the founding year for the county.
The County Seal was designed by local architect, John G. Dumas.