County Executive Jan H. Gardner

For Updates Related to the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis, 

Budget Presentation 041520

In the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner presented a Fiscal Year 2021 operating budget that focuses on the basics - providing essential services to the citizens of Frederick County. The essential budget funds mandates, ensures the ongoing delivery of critical services, and supports county employees who deliver these services to citizens every day, including during this pandemic. The budget is based on existing property and income tax rates with no proposed increases.  

“Frederick County citizens expect and deserve to live in a safe community, to have outstanding schools, and to count on essential services like water and sewer and trash disposal. While the county budget revenue is projected to decline because of the economic impact of the health pandemic on our economy, the demand for essential services and the need to protect public health has increased,” Executive Gardner said. “Frederick County’s fundamental underlying economy is strong, and I am confident we will weather the storm and once again have a thriving economy.”  (Press Release)

COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall
Frederick County Officials Announce First Resident to Test Positive for COVID-19 (Press Release & Public Information Briefing)


County Executive Gardner Announces Measures to Protect People & Prevent Spread of Coronavirus (Press Release & List of Announcements)


Executive Gardner Highlights Schools, Libraries and Other Major Projects in Preliminary Capital Budget  
March 23rd Public Hearing to Be Virtual

Executive Gardner

County Executive Jan Gardner today shared highlights of major construction projects included in the preliminary capital budget, reviewed operating budget requests, and announced plans to hold a virtual public hearing on the upcoming fiscal year. The budget is based on no property or income tax rate increases. Highlights of the six-year Capital Improvement Program include moving up construction of a new Brunswick Elementary School, a library in Middletown, and the expansion and renovation of Animal Control. Executive Gardner encouraged the community to share their priorities via email, phone or social media.

“Preparing and presenting the county budget is the most important responsibility I have as County Executive and the most significant task we do together as a community,” said Executive Gardner. “During this public health crisis, a virtual public hearing is the safest way for residents to share their priorities.”  (Press Release & Public Information Briefing)


Executive Gardner Announces Roundtable
to Refresh Rural Roads Program

“Our rural roads offer outstanding views of rolling farmland and natural features, and they provide access to our historic resources,” said Executive Gardner. “I want to focus on these hidden gems and what we can do to enhance their appeal while ensuring safe travel for local residents and visitors alike.”  (Press Release & Public Information Briefing)


Executive Gardner Unveils Initiatives to Protect
Forest Cover, Environmental and Historic Resources

Special Announcement (Video)

“The good news is that we can take action now to prevent the loss of forest cover and protect our historic and cultural amenities now into the future,” said Executive Gardner. “My proposal will protect what our community values, our forest cover, our environmental resources and our rich history, before any new development is approved, so we can ensure a bright future for Frederick County.”  (Press Release, Public Information Briefing & Staff Report with Draft Legislation)


Executive Gardner Kicks Off Livable Frederick
With Sugarloaf Treasured Landscape Plan

“Frederick County values the rich history and unique resources of Sugarloaf,” said Executive Gardner.  “The land faces development pressures. That’s why I chose to implement Livable Frederick by focusing on the treasured landscape surrounding Sugarloaf Mountain. The time to protect this area is now.”  Press Release

Kickoff Address 


County Executive Gardner Announces Initiative
to Increase Agriculture Preservation

Special Announcement (Video)

“The time is now to preserve Frederick County’s rich agricultural land before our cherished fields are lost to development,” Executive Gardner said. “Securing preservation easements for agriculture will ensure we leave a legacy of agriculture for future generations.”  (Press Release, Public Information Briefing, Staff Report (Includes Draft Legislation) ,Summary of Legislation)


County Executive Gardner Presents 2019
Annual Report & Comprehensive Annual Financial Report

State of the County

Executive Gardner’s State of the County 
Focuses on Livable Frederick 
Frederick County Is Soaring to New Heights!  

2019 Accomplishments (Video) 

“Livable Frederick lays the foundation for our bright future so we can make life better for the people who call Frederick home,” Executive Gardner said. “We’ve embraced our rich history, invested in our people and places, and taken care of our citizens. We are leading the way with innovation and excellence.  Frederick County is soaring to new heights!”  Press Release


Frederick County - Leading the Way

Watch "Frederick County: Leading the Way!"

Viewers across the nation are watching a special five-minute documentary about Frederick County. The national broadcast of “Frederick County: Leading the Way” aired on Fox Business Network.  The video also aired on other networks regionally and on public television stations nationwide.

“Frederick County has a great story to tell,” said County Executive Jan Gardner. “I’m proud to have the opportunity to share our story about bio sciences and other innovative industries to a broad audience. Frederick County is a great place to live, work and raise a family!”