• Dorchester County Government Welcomes Jerry Jones as the County Manager

    Dorchester County Government is pleased to announce  Woodrow “Jerry” Jones III as their new County Manager.  In this position, Mr. Jones will play an essential role in  guiding the County’s success and leadership. Mr. Jones was appointed by the Dorchester County  Council, and will serve as the lead administrator for all  government operations. Mr. Jones will be responsible  for leading the administration and functions of all  departments, agencies, and offices of the Government,  as well as, the care and custody of Government buildings  and all real property of the County. The Council will rely  on Mr. Jones to fully advise them on the financial  condition and future needs of the County and make  appropriate recommendations. 

    Mr. Jones graduated from Cambridge South Dorchester High School in 1988, beginning his career  as a Maryland State Police Cadet shortly after. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and a  Master of Science degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University and is a graduate of its  Police Executive Leadership Program. 

    In November 2015, Governor Larry Hogan appointed Mr. Jones to the rank of Colonel and named  him as Chief of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. Colonel Jones led more than 600  sworn and civilian police professionals responsible for securing Maryland's critical infrastructure  to include Maryland’s toll roads, tunnels, bridges, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Port  of Baltimore. Colonel Jones was then appointed by Governor Hogan to be the Secretary of the  Maryland Department of State Police, and its 20th Superintendent on February 22, 2020. While  serving as a cabinet member for Governor Hogan, Colonel Jones led the 2,400 sworn and civilian  members of the Maryland Department of State Police until December 31, 2022. Mr. Jones’ career  with the Maryland State Police spanned 27 years where he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and Chief of the Field Operations Bureau, a key member of the command staff responsible for leading  a patrol force of nearly 1,000 sworn and civilian personnel. His roles with the Maryland State  Police included various patrol, investigative, supervisory, and command positions throughout the Department. 

    “After 35 years in law enforcement serving all over Maryland, it is great to be home, serving the community where I have lived my entire life, and raised my family.”  Since his retirement from law enforcement, Mr. Jones enjoys spending time with family and  friends, traveling, collaborating on leadership development projects, playing saxophone, and boating on the Choptank River. 

    “I envision advancing relationships within our community, developing ideas together in ways that  move our County forward. The most valuable asset of our community is the citizens who call it  home. I believe the best ideas to move us forward lie within our citizenry.” 

    Dorchester County is committed to its citizens and is confident that Mr. Jones will bring a wealth  of knowledge and experience in public service to Dorchester County. Mr. Jones will begin his role  as County Manager on May 20, 2024.