Appointed by Board of County Commissioners, the County Administrator is responsible for the day-to-day operations of County government. With the County Attorney, the Administrator also reviews grant applications for the Economic Development Incentive Fund (County Code, sec. 11-404).

Directly under the County Administrator are four departments: Finance and Budget; General Services; Personnel; and Technology Services.


Advising the Board of County Commissioners on budgetary matters, the Finance and Budget Department oversees County purchases, tax and utility billing, and grant coordination. The Department also manages County accounts and investments, the County payroll, and health and retirement benefits.

Within the Department is the Purchasing Office.


The General Services Department oversees and maintains County facilities, including parks and recreational facilities. It manages and inspects capital projects, and also provides pest abatement and mosquito control services.

Under the Department, are the Calvert Marine Museum, the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum, and four divisions: Buildings and Grounds; Mosquito Control; Natural Resources; and Parks and Recreation.


The Personnel Department is responsible for the personnel administration governing the appointment, promotion, transfer, layoff, removal, discipline, and welfare of County employees. Under direction of the Board of County Commissioners, the Director of Personnel heads the Department, and oversees the overall administration and maintenance of the work classification plan (County Code, Art. 25, sec.3; Code Ordinances & Resolutions, Chapter 86).


The Technology Services Department is responsible for computer and technology systems within County government. The Department develops and maintains hardware and software necessary for interagency communication systems. The County's Geographic Information System also is maintained by the Department.


The financial supervision of Maryland counties was overseen by two State Treasurers from 1776 to 1843. 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 1888, the Board of County Commissioners elected from its ranks a Board president, who also served as the Board's treasurer, managing Board finances and transactions. In 1890, State law established a separate position of County Treasurer. The new office, filled by gubernatorial appointment, absorbed the duties of treasurer for the Board of County Commissioners, and expanded those duties to encompass the tax collection previously carried out by the State Treasurer (Chapter, 183, Acts of 1890).

From 1893 to 1899, the County Treasurer was elected by the voters to a four-year term. From 1899 to 1917, the Treasurer served a two-year term (Chapter 173, Acts of 1898). Since 1917, the four-year term returned (Chapter 531, Acts of 1916). In 1922, elections were transitioned to even-numbered years, with the following election held in 1924 (Maryland Constitution, Article 17; Chapter 227, Acts of 1922).

The County Treasurer collects all State and County taxes; receives and collects all State and County taxes levied, and has full power to enforce their payment (by sale or otherwise), and to convey title to any real or personal estate sold. The Treasurer also collects all moneys which are due the County or which by public local or public general law are due and payable to the Board of County Commissioners (County Code, secs. 3-101 through 3-301).

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