Dorchester County operates under a Council-Administrator form of government and has over 800 full-time employees. A seven-member County Council is elected by district and provides policy direction to the County.
The County Administrator serves as County Council's agent in administrative matters. This position has oversight over all County government operations with the exceptions of departments governed by elected officials and special districts.
The County Administrator is assisted by a Chief Financial Officer, Deputy Administrator of Public Safety and Assistant Administrator of Community Services.