For Coronavirus / Covid19 Information, please check the Caroline County Government Covid-19 Response Page. Please note that there are currently many malicious websites providing misinformation about this rapidly changing situation. This is the official Caroline County Emergency Operations Center website.
All library locations are closed through March 28, in cooperation with the county’s effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19. Our current plan is to reopen on Monday, March 30.
All Library events and meetings are cancelled while we are closed.
Please keep your library materials, including hotpot devices, until after we reopen.
Library meeting rooms will not be available during this period. All scheduled meetings and appointments will be rescheduled when we reopen.
The center offers job readiness training, job skills enhancement, employment referrals, career counseling, case management, resume assistance, special programs and workshops, and assistance making job contacts. Special assistance available to veterans.
Conducts elections, assists persons seeking elective office with candidate filings and campaign reports, assists citizens wishing to place questions on ballots, maintains and preserves electoral information and records, provides electoral information to the public, and registers voters.
Caroline County is governed by a three member Board of County Commissioners, which fulfills both legislative and executive functions. The basic duties and responsibilities of the County Commissioners are: - Enact County laws and establish County policies - Decide what taxes are charged and set the rate - Set the County operating and capital budgets - Oversee the management of County departments and operations - Approve contracts and agreements - Promote welfare of Caroline County - Submit proposed changes of state law to the Maryland General Assembly
The Commissioner hold meeting on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Work Sessions are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at 9:00 a.m. Meetings are sometimes cancelled due to holidays or other circumstances, so please check the schedule to confirm the meeting. Meetings are held at the Caroline County Courthouse, 109 Market Street, Room 106, Denton, Maryland. There may be occasional advertised "on-the-road" meetings around the county, so check the schedule to confirm location. Open meetings are an important part of the democratic process. The commissioners meetings are where all important decisions regarding your local government are made - from adopting new legislation to setting the budget. All residents are encouraged to attend Commissioners meetings.
To facilitate citizen participation, there are open public comment periods at the beginning and end of each Commissioners meeting. However, most citizen concerns can be resolved without attending a meeting. If you have a question or concern, we encourage you to fill out this form or call out office at 410-479-0660. Our staff is committed to exceptional constituent services and will follow up with you within one business day.
The Central Committee members have the official responsibility to fill vacancies of certain offices due to death or resignation of elected officials. The committee also recommends to the Governor appointment of the members and substitute members for the local County Boards of Elections and at times recommendations to other state and county boards.
The Caroline County Department of Corrections operates the County Detention Center located at 101 Gay Street in Denton. The Detention Center is a historic building on the banks of the Choptank River and also serves as the home for the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office.
The Detention Center is a secure correctional facility. Inmates can spend up to 18 months at the facility. Individuals with longer sentences are normally sent to a State prison.
Advanced Emergency Medical Services to the citizens and visitors, emergency planning and coordination for County government, emergency communications, including 911. Police Communications for the Sheriff's Office and four town police departments. Fire and rescue communications for nine volunteer Fire/EMS departments. To report your intent to conduct outdoor burning at your residence, also know as a controlled burning please call our Communications Division at 410-479-2222.
The Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) is an executive agency whose primary task is to appropriately manage, supervise, and treat youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system in Maryland.
The Department of Juvenile Services is involved in nearly every stage of the juvenile justice process from the moment a youth is brought into a juvenile intake center by the police or as a result of a citizen complaint to the time when a youth returns to the community after completing treatment.
Codes Administration has the responsibility of enforcing the following ordinances: Zoning Ordinance, Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance, Stormwater Management Ordinance, Minimum Livability Code, Chesapeake Bay Critical Areas Program, Comprehensive Addressing, International Building Code for residential and commercial buildings, and the Forest Conservation Code. The Planning Office is responsible for overseeing and directing the physical development of the County. The office also oversees the licensing of establishments selling alcoholic beverages (liquor), including those at special events; issuing licenses for plumbers, electricians, and salvage yards; and county agricultural land preservation. Also issues building permits.
The Administrative Division provides support to all the other divisions within Public Works. They also maintain records and track budgets. The Central Shop provides the County with cost-effective fuels, maintenance, and repairs to its vehicles and equipment. The Roads Division supplies a quality road and bridge system to meet the needs of the traveling public. Mosquito Control provides citizens a safe and economical means of controlling mosquitoes. Building Maintenance helps reduce the need for contracted maintenance services. The Solid Waste Division handles household waste and recyclables produced in the County. The Sign Shop makes the signs for county roads and designated areas under county code.
The Office of Home Energy administers a number of programs. The Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP) provides assistance with home heating bills. Limited assistance is available to replace broken or inefficient furnaces. The Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP) assists eligible low-income electric customers with their electric bills. Assistance is available whether you are an active customer or you are currently without service. The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) may provide home weatherization services to eligible individuals such as weather stripping, caulking, plastic window covering, etc. to help make your home or apartment more fuel efficient and comfortable at no cost. The Utility Service Protection Program (USPP) protects low-income families from utility cut-offs and allows MEAP eligible households to enter into a year-round even monthly payment program with their utility company. Call the office for more information or download the application online. OHEP is a year round program. You can apply any time during the year, but you must re-apply each fiscal year (July-June).