County Executive Jan H. Gardner

County Executive Makes 
 Record Investment in Public Education 

County Executive Jan Gardner stands behind a lectern, holding a copy of her proposed budget

People-Centered Budget Focuses on Delivering High Quality of Life

FREDERICK, Md. – Announcing record investments in education, safe communities, and agriculture preservation, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner today unveiled a people-centered budget for Fiscal Year 2023 designed to ensure a high quality of life for the people who live and work in Frederick County. For the eighth-straight year, the budget maintains the existing property and income tax rates.

“My budget invests in what matters most,” Executive Gardner said. “We are keeping the promise of public education, ensuring safe communities, improving public health, valuing our rich history and protecting our agricultural heritage, and advancing the overarching vision and priorities found in Livable Frederick.”
Press Release | Presentation | Infographic | Proposed Budget

EPIC Program Launched for Small Businesses

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner launched a new program to provide permit review and approval within one week. The Expedited Permit and Inspection Certificate, or EPIC, is designed to support small commercial and professional services that move into existing space.
Press Release | Public Information Briefing

Land Use Legislation Proposed 

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner today unveiled three pieces of land-use legislation. One bill would support farmers who want to establish a roadside farm stand to sell their produce and other farm products. The proposal would streamline the approval process for farm stands and allow small farm stands under 600 square feet to be constructed without a building permit. 

“We know residents want to buy locally produced food, so this proposal is a win-win for everyone,” Executive Gardner said. 

A second bill would establish design criteria and a review process for an emerging industry in Frederick County to ensure that development happens well. The final piece of legislation ensures an open, transparent process to notify the public when a comprehensive rezoning of multiple properties is proposed by the county.

“My goal is to ensure the economic viability of agriculture in Frederick County as we accelerate preserving the best farmland through our preservation efforts,” Executive Gardner said, “and, it is equally important that we ensure new development happens well and that we protect our high quality of life and the aspects we cherish most about our community.”

Farm Stand Legislation | Critical Digital Infrastructure Legislation | Comprehensive Rezoning Notification Legislation

American Rescue Plan Funds to Support Public Health,
Vulnerable Residents, Agriculture Industry

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced four initiatives that will be funded through a portion of Frederick County's $50.4 million American Rescue Plan Act allocation. These initiatives protect public health, support the economy, and life people and families who have suffered from the impacts of the pandemic. 

Frederick Health will receive two awards: $2.5 million to support the health response, and $1.1 million to provide service coordination and home-based care for low-income seniors. An additional $500,000 will be used to double the funds awarded through the County’s award-winning Agriculture Innovation Grants Program. The final project announced today is $78,000 to the Salvation Army to support its New Day Center for people experiencing housing instability. Press Release | Public Information Briefing

Police Accountability Board to Create Transparency
for Civilian Complaint Process

After collaborating with municipal elected officials and law enforcement leaders, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner unveiled legislation to establish a Police Accountability Board. The Board would be charged with overseeing the process for complaints of misconduct made against law enforcement officers who serve in Frederick County’s four local law enforcement agencies: the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, the Frederick Police Department, the Brunswick Police Department, and the Thurmont Police Department. 

"The bill I am proposing balances the competing interests,” Executive Gardner said. “The public deserves an open, transparent process for their complaints, and officers deserve a fair review process." Draft Legislation | Press Release

American Rescue Plan Funds to Support Seniors,
Broaden Access to Transportation, Broadband and Food

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced several initiatives that will be funded through a portion of Frederick County's American Rescue Plan Act allocation. The programs address needs that were identified through extensive public outreach. The funded initiatives announced on Dec. 21, 2020, will expand broadband, help seniors stay in their homes, and improve access to food and transportation. Press Release | Public Information Briefing

The State of Frederick County Is Strong

Frederick County has an amazing story to tell. It's a story of hard work, determination, and people caring for one another. Our story is a story of resilience. Together we are meeting the challenges we face and making life better for all the people who call Frederick County home.

Watch the 2021 State of the County Address.
Read the County Executive's Annual Report for 2021.

First-Ever Rural Historic Preservation Grant Awarded

8 Significant County Sites to Be Protected 

Eight historically significant rural properties will be preserved through Frederick County's inaugural Rural Historic Preservation Grant Program, one of only a few rural historic preservation programs of its kind. Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner was joined by County Council President M.C. Keegan-Ayer to announce recipients of the competitive grants, which total $358,000. (Press Release)

Lake Linganore Dredging Completed

 Project Restores Capacity of Drinking Water Source 

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner today announced the completion of a two-year dredging project at Lake Linganore. Approximately 150,000 cubic yards of sediment were hydraulically dredged and removed from the lake, restoring water storage capacity in the lake, which serves as a primary source of drinking water for the City of Frederick and backup source for Frederick County. (Press Release)


 First-Ever Agriculture Innovation Grant Recipients Announced 

Funds Support Value-Added Projects and Diversification 

From kombucha to ducks, Frederick County's farmers are creating value-added products to carry the agriculture industry into the future. To support their efforts, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner today announced $306,00) in Agriculture Innovation Grants to 14 farming operations. She was joined by County Council President M.C. Keegan-Ayer and Council Vice President Michael Blue. The grants we the first in the new competitive grant program, which will be offered twice a year. (Press Release)


Community Partnership Grant Awards Announced

Human Service Nonprofit Agencies Support People in Times of Need 

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced a total of $1 million in awards to 30 local nonprofit human service organizations through the county's Community Partnership Grant program. (Press Release). 


Rise, Recover, Renew

County Executive Gardner Proposes Budget for FY22


Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2022 focuses on making life better through record investments in education, good health, economic prosperity, and equity. Following a theme of “Rise, Recover, Renew,” the budget supports recovery so residents can flourish and be healthier, stronger, and better together. 

“Our budget should reflect even better Frederick County. Rise, recover and renew. It is like our shot in the arm– to lift us up and help us overcome, to ensure the delivery of important services both now and into the future, to make life better for people.” (Press Release)


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

Vaccine Distribution Effort Includes Steps to Ensure Equity

Nearly 22% of Frederick County Receives 1st Dose

FREDERICK, Md. –More than 1 in 5 Frederick County residents have now received at least one dose of vaccine to protect against the COVID-19 virus, and 12.7% of residents are fully vaccinated, County Executive Jan Gardner announced today. As vaccine availability ramps up in the coming weeks, public health experts and community partners are working together to ensure hard-to-reach populations have access to vaccinations. Of particular concern are ethnic and racial groups who historically suffer poorer health outcomes, as well as people who live in rural areas. According to the most recent Frederick County Community Health Assessment, people of color experience higher rates of every health indicator, from cancer rates to infant mortality. 

“It is important that everyone in our community have access to health care, especially during a pandemic,” Executive Gardner said. “People without access to care are often in poorer health, which makes them more likely to get severely sick or die when new viruses emerge. We are working with key partners to make sure vaccinations are available to all residents in an equitable manner.” 

In Maryland, a disproportionate number of Black residents have died from COVID-19. In Frederick, Hispanics make up only 10.5% of the population but nearly 14% of all confirmed cases of the virus. 

To address the disparity, Frederick County has taken a number of steps to ensure everyone has access to the COVID-19 vaccination effort. Vital public health information is presented in multiple formats and languages. Outreach efforts include trusted community members. And community vaccination clinics are being scheduled by the Frederick County Health Department in collaboration with the faith community, as well as with cultural and ethnic organizations.

Because race and ethnicity have been tied directly to disparities in all health indicators for which sufficient data exists, Executive Gardner joined Public Health Officer Dr. Barbara Brookmyer, and County Council Member M.C. Keegan-Ayer in signing a joint declaration of racism as a public health crisis. Council Member Keegan-Ayer represents Council District 3, the most culturally and ethnically diverse district in Frederick County.


COVID-19 Cases Rise Rapidly in Frederick County; County Executive Urges Compliance with Masks, Physical Distancing

Grant Programs to Support Child Care Providers, Food Service Establishments

County Executive Gardner Stands at Lectern. Beside her is a sign reading "Face Coverings Required

FREDERICK, Md. – The number of new cases of COVID-19 in Frederick County rose substantially over the past week, with more than 5,000 residents now confirmed to have contracted the virus. County Executive Jan Gardner today stressed the State mandate that everyone wears face coverings in all public settings, both inside and outside. She urged residents to consider alternatives to traditional holiday plans, as family gatherings and house parties have been demonstrated to be high-risk activities for the spread of the virus. Press Release

County Executive Gardner Announces New Grant Programs to Support Rural Historic Preservation, Agricultural Innovation


Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner unveiled two new initiatives today that are designed to preserve the County’s rich history and to keep agriculture a viable and profitable industry for future generations. Both are competitive grant programs that support the goals of the award-winning Livable Frederick master plan. The Rural Historic Preservation Grant Program will provide funds to restore or rehabilitate historically significant houses, barns, and sites in rural areas of Frederick County. The Agricultural Innovation Grant Program will help farmers diversify their operations to stay profitable. 
Press Release | Rural Historic Preservation Staff Report | Agricultural Innovation Program 


Frederick County Awarded $5.6 Million Federal Grant to Fund 22 Additional Firefighters 


Frederick County has been awarded a $5,581,396 grant to pay for 22 additional career firefighter positions, which will reduce response times and enhance firefighter and public safety throughout the county. The grant is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) program. When the new positions are filled, the Division of Fire & Rescue Service will have 495 operational career firefighters. 
Press Release | Video Announcement 


Executive Gardner Announces $2 Million in grants for Child Care Providers 

To support child care providers and Frederick County families 


County Executive Jan Gardner today announced a grant program to assist Frederick County’s licensed child care providers with the increased operating costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly 30% of licensed providers in the county have not yet reopened and some may be permanently closed. The State Department of Education has limited the number of children that can be enrolled in child care programs while at the same time adding significant requirements for cleaning and disinfection. Press Release 


Jump Start Grants Available to Frederick County Small Businesses 

Program Supports Full-Time Farmers, Small Businesses, and Micro Business To support child care providers and Frederick County families 


Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner today announced the launch of a new grant program to support local small businesses and farmers. She earmarked $5 million to award through the new Jump Start Grants Program. JumpStart grants are designed to assist small for-profit businesses and nonprofit organizations that experienced financial loss caused by the coronavirus. The county’s Office of Economic Development will administer the program.  
Press Release


County Executive Announces Plans to Expand Mobile Crisis Services

 Community Partners Sheppard Pratt, Frederick Health Play Key Roles

County Executive Press Briefing

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner today announced she would be introducing a supplemental budget to fund the expansion of mobile crisis services in an effort to better serve people in the community who are facing crises. Press Release 


County Executive Gardner Advances Legislation
to Support Family Farms 

County Executive Jan Gardner at lectern

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner unveiled legislation to support multi-generational farming. The bill creates a more transparent process for farmers who want to follow the longstanding tradition of carving off housing lots on their property so family members can stay on the farm and support the farm operation. Press Release | Draft Legislation


COVID-19 Hospitalizations Down 70% in Frederick County

Governor’s Plan for June 19th Openings Advance  

Key health measures substantially improved in the past month, indicating that Frederick County is past its peak in the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall hospitalizations related to the virus have declined 70 percent since May 8. The number of people being treated in intensive care has dropped 93 percent, and acute care beds for COVID patients are down 65 percent. 

As a result, County Executive Jan Gardner has announced that Frederick County will fully advance the next phase of Governor Hogan’s reopening plan. The following businesses and activities can resume in Frederick County effective at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 19, at 50 percent of their capacity with recommended best health and safety practices:

  • Indoor recreation, including:
    • Bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls
    • Roller and ice skating rinks
  • Social and fraternal clubs
  • Fitness centers, health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers, and self-defense schools

“We have made great progress, thanks to the many people who stayed home and continue to do their part by wearing masks and staying 6 feet or more from others,” Executive Gardner said. “Everyone needs to take personal responsibility to keep others safe, particularly those who are most vulnerable, our elderly, and people with underlying health conditions. Together, we can keep the spread of the virus low and avoid a second wave of cases that could shut down businesses and activities again. Show the love by doing your part.” #LoveFrederick


Frederick County Health Metrics Continue to Improve;
County to Follow Governor’s Plan for June 12th

photo of Frederick County Executive Jan H. Gardner

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced continued improvement in key health measures related to COVID-19.  As a result, Executive Gardner announced that Governor Hogan’s list of businesses and activities that can resume effective 5 p.m. on Friday, June 12, will go into effect in Frederick County. These include indoor dining, outdoor activities, outdoor parades, festivals and fundraisers, and child care providers. Press Release


Frederick County Health Metrics Improve;
County Moves to Stage 2 of Recovery Plan

photo of Frederick County Executive Jan H. Gardner

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced improvements in several key health measures related to COVID-19.  As a result, Executive Gardner announced that most non-essential businesses may reopen to the general public beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 5. Press Release


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

CE Briefing

County Executive Jan Gardner today reintroduced two initiatives to protect Frederick County’s forests, environmental resources, and historic and cultural assets. Press Release

View the Staff Report and Draft Legislation


 County Executive Announces
Stage 1 Reopening in Frederick County

County Executive at Lectern

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner announced an expanded list of businesses and activities that will be permitted to open beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 29. With the signing of Executive Order 02-2020, Frederick County has fully implemented the initial portion of Stage 1 of the Governor’s Roadmap to Recovery plan. “Our success depends on everyone doing their part,” Executive Gardner said. “By wearing masks and physically distancing ourselves, we are protecting our community. Let’s show our love for all of Frederick County.” Press Release


COVID-19 Dashboard Unveiled

Image of Frederick County dashboard for COVID19 statistics  Opens in new window

Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner unveiled a new online dashboard that allows the public to track local COVID-19 statistics. The dashboard includes charts and data about testing, cases, and hospitalizations, which will be updated daily. Statistics on nursing homes will be updated each week. “We want to be transparent and provide the public with a reliable source of information,” Executive Gardner said. “County staff created an easy-to-use page so people can keep track of Frederick County data in real-time." Press Release | Dashboard


County Executive Gardner Proposes Essential Budget  Budget Presentation 041520

In the midst of the COVID-19 public health crisis, Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner presented the Fiscal Year 2021 operating budget that focuses on the basics - providing essential services to the citizens of Frederick County. The essential budget funds mandates ensure 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.  Press Release

COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall

Virtual Town Hall Provides Update
on Coronavirus Response

Watch a video of the March 31st town hall.


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
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 in 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.  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!”