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County Administrator

Sel Hemingway, County Administrator

Location: 716 Prince St., Georgetown, S.C. 29440
Phone: (843) 545-3006
Fax: (843) 545-3121

Hours: 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (except for legal holidays)
Mailing address: 716 Prince St., Georgetown, S.C. 29440

Point of Contact: Ollie Lewis, Executive Administrative Assistant

Department Functions:

To oversee daily operations of Georgetown County government and execute the policies and directives of County Council.

Council-Administrator Form of Government:

Georgetown County operates within the "council-administrator" form of Government. This form of government appoints a professional public administrator to be the administrative head of the county government

  • Serves as chief administrative officer of the county
  • Executes the policies, directives and legislative actions of the council
  • Directs and coordinates operations of the county
  • Prepares annual operating and capital budgets for the council, and requires such reports, estimates and statistics as necessary from county departments and agencies
  • Supervises the expenditure of appropriated funds
  • Prepares financial and administrative reports for the council
  • Administers county personnel policies, including salary and classification plans approved by council
  • Employs county personnel, subject to council appropriation of funds for that purpose
  • Performs other duties as required by the council
  • Responds to requests for information and/or assistance from individuals, business and private organizations, other governments and community groups
  • Works with elected officials (local, state and national) to ensure that all county departments operate in the most efficient and effective way to provide services and accountability to the County´s taxpayers (residents)

The County Administrator does not:

  • Have authority over any elected county official or offices created by the State Constitution or state laws, with the exception of applying general organizational policies adopted by County Council
  • Determine or set taxes or fees without approval of County Council

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Who should I contact concerning departmental questions and or complaints regarding a County Department or employee?
A: The Administrator’s Office serves as a referral source for citizens, businesses, organizations and other governmental agencies; directs individuals to the proper county department(s); and responds to or helps resolve complaints/problems regarding services provided by county departments.

Q: Who do I contact concerning an assessment of my property?
A: The Assessor’s Office can answer questions concerning county property assessments. The office is located at 129 Screven St., Room 106, Georgetown, or call (843) 545-3014. For more information, click here http://www.georgetowncountysc.org/assessor/default.html

Q: Who should I contact to report animal complaints?
A: Georgetown County Sheriff´s Office, 333 Cleland St., Georgetown, or call (843) 546-5101. After hours response is to emergency calls only. For more information on animal control issues, click here http://www.georgetowncountysc.org/animalcontrol/default.html

Q: Who do I contact concerning a business license?
A: Georgetown County does not require business licenses. Contact individual municipalities for information on whether a business license is required within city limits. The county does have a Local Accommodation/Hospitality Tax. For more information about that, call (843) 545-3065 or click here http://www.georgetowncountysc.org/finance/atax.html#hospitalitytax

Q: Who do I contact concerning a building permit, mobile home permit, change of tenant permit, retirement of mobile home title permit or demolition permit?
A: Contact the Georgetown County Building Department at (843) 545-3116 or visit our office at 129 Screven St., Georgetown. For more information on permits, click here http://www.georgetowncountysc.org/building/default.html

Q: Who do I contact concerning contractor registration in Georgetown County?
A: Contact the Georgetown County Building Department at (843) 545-3116 or visit our office at 129 Screven St., Georgetown. For more information on how to register as a contractor, click here http://www.georgetowncountysc.org/building/default.html

Q: Who do I contact regarding a marriage license?
A: Probate Court, located in the Georgetown County Judicial Center, 401 Cleland Street, Georgetown, or you may call (843) 545-3274. For more information, click here http://www.georgetowncountysc.org/probate/default.html

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