BALTIMORE COUNTY, MARYLAND

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

ADMINISTRATION

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

Appointed by the County Executive, the County Administrative Officer supervises the offices and departments of County government (County Charter, Art. IV, sec. 403).

OFFICE OF BUDGET & FINANCE
The Office of Budget and Finance is administered by the Director. Under supervision of the County Administrative Officer, the Director formulates the County budget. The Director assists agencies in the preparation of their budgets and in improving budget execution and reducing costs (County Code, Art. 3, secs. 2-201, 2-202).

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS
Media relations, such as press conferences, releases, citations, and proclamations are coordinated by the Office of Communications. The Office hosts special events, and produces video programs and web content to communicate County government actions and issues to the public. Hello Baltimore County, the public-access cable station for the County, is managed by the Office.

Appointed by the County Executive, the Chief of Staff manages the Office of Communications.

OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Formerly the Office of Personnel, the Office of Human Resources works to develop a county career service. It establishes equitable and uniform procedures for dealing with employees in the classified service, and seeks to attract and retain in the classified service the most qualified and competent individuals available. Following determinations of merit and ability, the Office assigns individuals to jobs in the classified service on the basis of competitive tests of fitness (County Code, Art. 4, secs. 1-101 through 8-102; Art. 3, secs. 2-801, 2-802).

OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Created in 1995, the Office of Information Technology is responsible for data processing and management information; a systems and programming operation; and implementation and maintenance of management information systems. The Office also supervises the geographic information system; machine billing; the 911 center; the planning and developing interdepartmental systems of records retention and retrieval; printing services; and records management (County Code, Art. 3, secs. 2-901 through 2-904).

Under the Office are divisions for Applications; Electronic Services; and Infrastructure.

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