The Director of Administration oversees the work of agencies and departments within the executive branch of County government. To the County Executive, the Director submits periodic reports on organization, efficiency, and procedures of departments. The Director also coordinates the submission of all County budgets to the County Executive for modification and approval, prior to presentation to the County Council (County Charter, Art. IV, sec. 412).

The Department of Finance is headed by the Director of Finance who administers the financial affairs of the County. The Director collects State and County taxes, special assessments, urban service charges, fees and other revenues, and funds of every kind due to the County and to any municipality in Wicomico County.

The Director has custody of and safeguards all funds and securities belonging to or by law deposited with, distributed to or handled by the County. The Director keeps and supervises all County accounts; disburses County funds; and bears responsibility for the detection of all payroll items, vouchers, bills and other claims or demands that are fraudulent, erroneous, unauthorized by law or otherwise invalid. The Director also accounts for County funds and property, including securities, special bonds and insurance policies; and prepares an annual public financial report, and a monthly public statement of the receipts and expenditures of the County (County Charter, Art. V, sec. 505). In addition, the Director is responsible for certain budgetary functions (County Charter, Art. VII; County Code, secs. 29-1 through 29-17).

All County tax bills and notices of special assessments are prepared and mailed out by this department.

Conducting research, the Department of Human Resources develops procedures and policies for County employment. The Department coordinates all County employee hiring, training, and management, and advises County agencies on federal and State personnel regulations. In matters of collective bargaining, the County is represented by the Department (County Charter, Art. VI, secs. 601-611; County Code, secs. 59-1 through 59-14).

Meeting the digital requirements of County agencies, the Department of Information Technology provides technology systems, networks, security, and maintenance. Offering analysis and consultation, the Department develops software and networks to advance agency productivity and efficiency.

The Department of Purchasing manages County purchases and contracts, establishes procurement guidelines and procedures, and maintains receipt records. With the exception of certain purchases by the County Board of Education, the Department oversees all purchases, storage, and warehousing of County materials and equipment, and conducts the sale of surplus property. In cases of larger contracts or purchases, the Department collects competitive bids to see that County needs are met at the lowest cost (County Charter, Art. VIII, secs. 801-803).

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