CHARLES COUNTY, MARYLAND

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    [County Seal, Charles County, Maryland] Origin: Charles County was created in 1658 by an Order in Council. It is not to be confused with an earlier Charles County (1650-1653) known as Old Charles County. The County was named for Charles Calvert (1637-1715), 3rd Lord Baltimore. Calvert lived in Maryland from 1661 until he returned to England in 1684. He was Proprietor of the Maryland colony from 1675 to 1689, when he lost his right to govern. From 1692 until Calvert's death in 1715, Maryland was governed as a royal colony.

    Boundaries: Bounded north by Prince George's County; east by St. Mary's County; south & west by Potomac River.
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    County Seat: La Plata, MD 20646
    Form of Government: Code Home Rule since 2002
    Population: 1990 census: 101,154; 2000 census: 120,546; 2010 census: 146,551


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    [photo, Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore St., La Plata, Maryland]

    Charles County Government Building, 200 Baltimore St., La Plata, Maryland, May 2004. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.


    websites:
    Aging & Senior Programs Division: www.charlescountymd.gov/cs/aging/aging-and-senior-programs
    Animal Control: www.charlescountymd.gov/es/animalcontrol/animal-control
    Circuit Court: www.courts.state.md.us/clerks/charles/index.html
    Community College: www.csmd.edu/
    Community Services Dept.: www.charlescountymd.gov/cs
    County Administrator: www.charlescountymd.gov/coadmin/welcome
    County Attorney: www.charlescountymd.gov/coattny/welcome
    County Commissioners: www.charlescountymd.gov/commissioners/welcome
    County Government: www.charlescountymd.gov/
    County Government Directory: www.charlescounty.org/apps/ldapdir/LDAPdirectory.jsp
    District Court: www.courts.state.md.us/district/directories/courtmap.html#CHARLES
    Economic Development Dept.: www.meetcharlescounty.com/
    Elections Board: www.charlescountymd.gov/boe/welcome
    Emergency Services: www.charlescountymd.gov/es/welcome
    Environmental Resources Division: www.charlescountymd.gov/pw/environmental/environmental-resources
    Ethics Commission: www.charlescountymd.gov/commissioners/boards/ethics-commission
    Fiscal & Administrative Services Dept.: www.charlescountymd.gov/fas/welcome
    Health Dept.: www.charlescountyhealth.org/
    Housing Authority: www.charlescountymd.gov/cs/housing/housing-authority
    Human Resources Dept: www.charlescountymd.gov/hr/welcome
    Information Technology Dept: www.charlescountymd.gov/fas/it/information-technology
    Job Service: www.dllr.state.md.us/county/stmarys/
    Library: https://ccplonline.org/
    Parks & Grounds Division: www.charlescountymd.gov/rpt/parks/parks-and-grounds
    Planning & Growth Management Dept.: www.charlescountymd.gov/pgm
    Public Schools: www.ccboe.com/
    Public Works Dept: www.charlescountymd.gov/pw/welcome
    Purchasing Division: www.charlescountymd.gov/fas/purchasing/purchasing
    Recreation, Parks & Tourism Dept.: www.charlescountymd.gov/rpt/recreation-parks-tourism
    Register of Wills: http://registers.maryland.gov/main/charles.html
    Roads Division: www.charlescountymd.gov/pw/roads/roads
    Sheriff's Office: www.ccso.us/
    Social Services Dept.: http://dhr.maryland.gov/local-offices/charles-county/
    State's Attorney: www.charlescountymd.gov/sao/welcome
    Tourism Office: www.charlescountymd.gov/tourism/tourism-office

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