Charter Government

About the Charter
Frederick County transitioned from the County Commissioner form of government to the County Charter form of government on December 1, 2014. Under Charter Government, there is an Executive Branch with a County Executive and a Legislative Branch with a County Council.

For many years, all five County Commissioners had been elected in at-large elections by all county voters. Under the new Charter Government, the County Executive and only two of the County Council members were elected at-large.
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County Executive
The County Executive directs, supervises and oversees Frederick County Government departments and agencies, establishes policies and proposes the budget. The County Executive serves a four-year term and not more than two consecutive terms. The salary will be $95,000 plus benefits.

County Council

The seven-member County Council consists of five members elected by district and two elected at-large. Council members have the power to initiate legislation. Council meetings are limited to 45 days yearly. County Council members serve for four years and no more than three onsecutive terms, and will receive $22,500 per year with no benefits. Legislative sessions are limited to 45 days yearly and non-legislative sessions as needed. Click Here to Find Your Council District.

Helpful Links
  • Charter Board History -- find out more about the history of the Charter Board Writing Committee.
  • Charter Document (as adopted by the voters on November 6, 2012) -- defines the duties, power, rules, procedures, structure of local county government, and the rights of voters / citizens.