FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND

EXECUTIVE BRANCH

ADMINISTRATION

ORIGIN & FUNCTIONS


CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

The Chief Administrative Officer with assistance from the Special Administrative Director administers and supervises the County's seventeen divisions of government: Animal Control; Budget; Citizens Services; Community Development; Economic Development; Emergency Management; Finance; Fire and Rescue Services; Health Services; Human Resources; Interagency Information Technologies; Parks and Recreation; Planning and Permitting; Public Works; Transit Services; Utilities and Solid Waste Management; and Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services.

This position originated as the County Manager appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. With the adoption of Charter government, duties of the County Manager were reorganized under the Chief Administrative Officer, who has been appointed by the County Executive with Council Council consent since December 2014 (County Charter, Art. 4, sec. 410).

FINANCE DIVISION
Managing fiscal operations for the County government, the Finance Division serves as the primary procurement agency. The Division reports County finances to the County Executive, and the public. The Division also implements and monitors fiscal policies of County government. Units within the Division manage the County employee payroll, and collect and disburse County and State tax revenue (County Code, secs. 1-8-1 through 1-8-421; 2-7-1 through 2-7-201).

The Director of Finance is appointed by the County Executive with County Council consent (County Charter, Art. 5, sec. 501).

The Finance Division oversees four units: Accounting, Procurement and Contracting, Risk Management, and Treasury.

HUMAN RESOURCES DIVISION
The Human Resources Division reviews and supervises hiring practices, sets wages and salaries, administers payroll processing, and manages employee and retiree benefits. The Division also offers employee counseling and assistance, and is responsible for affirmative action matters (County Code, secs. 1-2-121 through 1-2-127).

Assisting the Division are the Commission on Disabilities, and the Retirement Plan Committee.

INTERAGENCY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES DIVISION
Functions of the Interagency Information Technologies Division began in April 1975, when duties were performed by the Interagency Data Processing Authority, an independent agency overseen by a committee appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. Renamed as the Interagency Information Systems Authority in June 1998, the Authority reformed as the Interagency Information Technologies Division in November 1998. It became a county government agency under the County Manager in 2001, and since 2014 under the Chief Administrative Officer.

The Interagency Information Technologies Division oversees the management of County technology resources including data, telecommunications, and GIS. The Division provides County government with communication and computer networks and hardware, software applications, and data management services. To improve access to information and services, the Division partners with local, federal and State agencies within the County.

Three departments comprise the Division: GIS/Public Safety; Infrastructure; and Software Applications and Services Management.

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