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 are elected at-large.