Formerly, in Harford County, the legislative body had been the Board of County Commissioners. In November 1972, however, County voters adopted a charter form of government which provided for a county council as the legislative body, effective December 1972.

[photo, County Office Building, 220 South Main St., Bel Air, Maryland] Today, the County Council consists of seven members. They are elected by district to four-year terms by the voters. The Council President is elected countywide by the voters to a four-year term, while the Council Vice-President is chosen by the Council annually from among its members (Code Local Government Article, sec. 1-101; County Charter, secs. 201 through 224; County Code, secs. 4-01 through 4-27).

County Office Building, 220 South Main St., Bel Air, Maryland, August 2017. Photo courtesy of Harford County Government.

As a public-access multi-use channel run by the County Council, HarfordTV began as the Harford Cable Network, which was operating by November 1984. The Network was renamed HarfordTV by the County Council in November 2021 (Bill no. 21-017).

The main purpose of HarfordTV is to educate and inform County residents, and promote a sense of community among them.

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