County Government Structure Prepared by Maryland Association of Counties Updated March 28, 2007

County Title of Chief Elected Official Is Chief Elected Official elected or voted in by Council/Commission Board Elected by Board of Commissioners for 4 yr. term Voted by Council each December/ County Executive elected by the People Council President and Mayor Elected by the people for 4yr. terms Council President is At-Large 14 District Councilmembers 7 District Councilmembers Charter Home Rule No Term Limits No First and Third Mondays at 7:30 pm Charter Home Rule Number and Method of Election (Districts) 3 At-Large Commissioners 7 District Councilmembers Form of Government Term of Office Counties Having Elected Treasurers No No County Meeting Dates

ALLEGANY ANNE ARUNDEL

President, Board of County Commissioners Chairperson, County Council and County Executive

Code Home Rule Charter Home Rule

No Term Limits Term Limits for Council & County Executive No Term Limits

Tuesdays at 10:30 am First and Third Mondays at 7:00 pm

BALTIMORE CITY

President, City Council and Mayor

Comptroller Elected

Mondays at 5:00 pm

BALTIMORE

Chairperson, County Council and County Executive

Chairperson voted by the Council each January County Executive elected by the People Elected by Commissioners each December

CALVERT

President, Board of County Commissioners

2 At-Large Commissioners 3 District Commissioners

Board of County Commissioners

No Term Limits

Yes

Tuesdays 10:00 am

CAROLINE

President, Board of County Commissioners President, Board of County Commissioners President, Board of County Commissioners

Elected by Commissioners for 4 yr. term Elected by Commissioners for a four year term. Elected by Commissioners post Election

3 At-Large Commissioners 3 At-Large Commissioners 5 At-Large Commissioners

Code Home Rule Board of County Commissioners Board of County Commissioners

No Term Limits No Term Limits No Term Limits

Yes

Tuesdays at 9:30 am, 4th Tuesday at 7:30 pm Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. First and Third Tuesdays at 7:00 pm

CARROLL

No

CECIL

Yes

CHARLES

President, Board of County Commissioners President, County Council President, Board of County Commissioners

Elected by the people for 4 year term Elected by Council each year in November – effective December Highest Vote Getter for 4 yr. term

5 Commissioners Elected At-Large, but serving by District 5 District Council members 5 At-Large Commissioners

Code Home Rule-2002 Charter Home Rule-2002 Board of County Commissioners

No Term Limits No Term Limits No Term Limits

Yes

Tues. at 9:00 am & Wed. at 2:00 p.m. Every other Tuesday at 6:00 pm Tuesdays at 8:30 am; 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 7:00 pm, Thursdays at 9:30 am Tuesdays at 9:00 am First three Tuesdays at 8:00 pm

DORCHESTER

No

FREDERICK

No

GARRETT

Chairperson, Board of County Commissioners President, County Council and County Executive

Elected by Commissioners for no particular set period of time Council President and County Executive Voted by the People

3 At-Large Commissioners Council President is At-Large 6 District Councilmembers

Board of County Commissioners Charter Home Rule

No Term Limits No Term Limits

No

HARFORD

No

HOWARD

Chairperson, County Council and County Executive President, Board of County Commissioners President, County Council and County Executive

Chairperson voted in by Council each December and County Executive Voted by the People Elected by Commissioners post Election Council President voted by the Council each December and County Executive elected by the People Council Chairman voted by Council each December and County Executive Elected by the People Voted in by Board of Commissioners each December

5 District Councilmembers

Charter Home Rule

Term Limits for Council & County Executive No Term Limits No Term Limits for Council & County Executive Term Limit for Council & County Executive No Term Limits

No

1st & 3rd Mondays at 7:30 pm, 4th Tuesday at 4:30 pm Tuesdays at 8:30 am Tuesdays at 9:00 am

KENT

3 At-Large Commissioners 4 At-Large Councilmembers 5 District Councilmembers 9 District Councilmembers

Code Home Rule Charter Home Rule

No

MONTGOMERY

No

PRINCE GEORGE’S

President, County Council and County Executive President, Board of County Commissioners

Charter Home Rule

No

Tuesdays at 10:00 am

QUEEN ANNE’S

5 At-Large Commissioners

Code Home Rule

No

Tuesdays at 6:00 pm

ST. MARY’S

President, Board of County Commissioners

Elected by the People for 4 yr. term

5 At-Large Commissioners

Board of County Commissioners Board of County Commissioners Charter Home Rule

Limit of 3 consecutive terms No Term Limits No Term Limits

Yes

Tuesdays at 10:00 am, 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 pm Alternating Tuesdays at 2:00 pm 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 1:30 pm 1st and 3rd Tuesday work sessions as needed

SOMERSET

President, Board of County Commissioners President, County Council

Voted in by Board of Commissioners for a 4-yr. term Voted in annually at end of November by Council

5 District Commissioners 5 At-Large Councilmembers

Yes

TALBOT

No

WASHINGTON

President, Board of County Commissioners

Elected by the People for a 4yr. term

5 At-Large Commissioners

Board of County Commissioners Charter Home Rule

No Term Limits

Yes

1st, 2nd, & 3rd Tuesday at 8:30 am, 4th Tuesday at 7:00 pm 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 10:00 am

WICOMICO

President, County Council County Executive

Elected by Council in December. County Executive elected by people Vote held by Board of Commissioners each December

Council President and Vice President AtLarge 5 District Councilmembers 7 District Commissioners

No Term Limits

No

WORCESTER

President, Board of County Commissioners

Code Home Rule

No Term Limits

No

1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 10:00 am

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