Origins of the office of County Treasurer and its oversight of County finances trace to the 18th century. From 1776 to 1843, the financial supervision of Maryland counties was overseen by two State Treasurers. One served the Eastern Shore, and the other, the counties west of the Chesapeake. In 1843, the two positions merged, and a single State Treasurer began to oversee each county's finances.

In 1896, tax collection in Somerset County became the duty of the Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners (Chapter 318, Acts of 1896). The Clerk was appointed by the Board to serve a two-year term. From 1913, the County Treasurer was elected by voters to a four-year term (Chapter 10, Acts of 1910). In 1922, elections were transitioned to even-numbered years, with the Treasurer being elected thereafter in 1926 (Maryland Constitution, Article 17; Chapter 227, Acts of 1922).

The Treasurer conducted and certified assessments, collected taxes, and conducted tax sales. The Treasurer deposited and distributed collected taxes, and recorded uncollected bills (County Code, secs. 7-101 through 7-303).

Although the office of Treasurer was abolished effective October 1, 2013, provision was made for the incumbent to serve out his term until December 2, 2014 (Chapter 194, Acts of 2013).

Under Commission on Aging, Deal Island Senior Center closed July 2021.

Reorganized as Department of Technical and Community Services.

Under Department of Public Works, General Services Division formed in March 2017.

Functions of the Division were reassigned to Office of County Engineer in Oct. 2019.

Liquor Control Board established and maintained stores known as County liquor dispensaries for sale of sparkling or fortified wine and other alcoholic beverages in sealed packages or containers (Code Alcoholic Beverages Article, secs. 29-301 through 29-311).

Appointed by Governor, Board consisted of three members who served four-year terms (Code Alcoholic Beverages Article, secs. 29-301 through 29-305).

Liquor Control Board was abolished by General Assembly on Jan. 1, 2023 (Chapter 758, Acts of 2022).

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