The Home Rule Act, Title 4, Chapter 9 of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, created the four forms of county government for South Carolina. Lancaster County is a Council-Administrator form of government, whereas County Council appoints the County Administrator to assure administrative responsibility for county government. The County Administrator is responsible for carrying out the policies and ordinances of the County Council, overseeing the county's day-to-day operations, and appointing all non-elected county department heads. The Clerk to Council supports the County Administrator.
Dennis E. Marstall, County Administrator
Dennis Marstall was appointed County Administrator for Lancaster County in October 2021, building on his work to promote responsive local government, tackle tough community issues, and deliver quality services for the past 20 years. He began his career in county management with Kent County, Mich., then moved to the City of Charlotte, starting on the Budget and Evaluation staff. He then worked for nearly a decade in the Mayor’s Office as the Chief of Staff, establishing key working relationships that spanned business, neighborhood, nonprofit, and faith communities. His last assignment with the City was in the Economic Development Office working on business retention and growth issues and overseeing the Mayor’s Youth Employment initiative.
In 2012, he joined the staff of United Way of Central Carolinas, serving as Vice President for Community Investment and Impact to oversee the annual funding process for more than 90 area non-profits in the five county, Charlotte-region. During his tenure, more than $16 million was distributed annually to local non-profits, helping to serve over 300,000 people in need.
In 2019, he returned to local government, serving as Assistant City Manager in his hometown of Manhattan, Kan. He had a broad range of duties in Manhattan, covering everything from supervising the City Clerk’s Office to providing general leadership for city departments and city initiatives and overseeing the City’s legislative, communications, and safety functions. He served as a liaison to Kansas State University and the stand alone, consolidated city-county police agency.
His leadership and community involvement includes Leadership Charlotte -- Class 23 and the Flint Hills Regional Leadership Program, Crisis Assistance Ministry Board, CharlotteWORKS Board, Konza United Way Board, Junior Achievement teacher, Civics 101 presenter, and St. Matthew Catholic Church parishioner. He is a graduate of Kansas State University and earned a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Louisville. He served on the Board and was National President of his collegiate Fraternity, Theta Xi. Dennis is married and has one daughter.
Sherrie Simpson, Clerk to Council
Donna Greene, Deputy Clerk to Council/Administrative Assistant
The Lancaster County Attorney provides in-house legal advice and counsel to County Council, the County Administrator, Division Directors, County Departments, Boards, and Commissions.
Mailing Address: PO Box 1809, Lancaster, SC 29721
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Phone: (803) 416-9426 / (803) 254-5445
The Mission of Lancaster County Government is to continuously strive to provide progressive quality public services in a timely fashion and in a cost effective manner.