Authorized by County Charter in 1972, the Director of Administration is responsible for general oversight of executive agencies in the County, and provides for support of County agencies. The Director of Administration also serves as the chief budget officer for Harford County, and as liaison to volunteer fire, rescue and ambulance companies throughout the County.

The Director of Administration is appointed by County Executive with County Council consent (County Charter, sec. 312).

The Office of Information and Communication Technology provides technical support to all County government agencies. It acquires and develops computer hardware and software, and telecommunications. The Office also is responsible for website development; database, mainframe, and server maintenance; telephone and internet network development and maintenance; and technical support service desk operation (County Code, secs. 9-201.5, 9-201.6).

Providing public access to County government resources, the Public Information Office updates social media pages on behalf of County government, and maintains a calendar of government and community events and notices. Through the County website, the Office provides access to archived announcements, press releases, photos, and video files of County agencies, such as County Council meetings.


The Department of Human Resources originated as the Office of Personnel, and adopted its present name in 1991.

Personnel matters, including hiring guidelines, employee relations, and employee and retiree benefits, are overseen by the Department. In cases of collective bargaining, the Department negotiates on behalf of the County.

The Director of Human Resources serves as the County Personnel Officer, and hears complaints of violations of the County’s personnel law. If parties disagree with the ruling of the Director, cases may be appealed to the Personnel Advisory Board (County Charter, Art. VI, secs. 601-608; County Code, secs. 38-1 through 38-45).


The Department of Procurement is responsible for purchasing or contracting for supplies and contractual services including capital projects and consultant services needed by all agencies of Harford County government. The Department also provides for the purchase, sale, or lease of real property by the County (County Charter, Art. IV, sec. 414).


The Department of the Treasury is administered by the Treasurer. The Treasurer is the custodian of all County funds, securities, and insurance policies. It is the duty of the Treasurer to collect taxes, special assessments, license fees, and other revenue; manage indebtedness; invest and disburse County funds; conduct internal audits of all County offices; and prepare an annual financial report containing a detailed account of all monies received and paid out by the County (County Charter, Art. IV, sec. 404).

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