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:
    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 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
    Elections Board: http://www.charlescountymd.gov/boe/welcome
    Emergency Services: www.charlescountymd.gov/es/welcome
    Fiscal & Administrative Services Dept.: www.charlescountymd.gov/fas/welcome
    Health Dept.: www.charlescountyhealth.org
    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/charles
    Library: www.ccplonline.org
    Parks & Grounds Division: www.charlescountymd.gov/pw/parks/parks-and-grounds
    Public Schools: www.ccboe.com
    Public Works Dept: www.charlescountymd.gov/pw/welcome
    Register of Wills: http://registers.maryland.gov/main/charles.html
    Sheriff: http://ccso.us
    Social Services Dept.: http://dhr.maryland.gov/blog/local-offices/charles-county/
    Tourism Office: www.charlescountymd.gov/tourism

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