County Government Officials

Appointed Positions

The County Executive appoints directors of county departments and certain offices:

Aging and Independence: Starr Sowers (410-313-6410)
Animal Control: Deborah Baracco (410-313-2780)
Budget: Holly Sun (410-313-2077)
Cable Administrator: Donna Richardson (410-313-3318)
Chief of Staff: B. Diane Wilson (410-313-0809)
Children and Families: Keri Hyde (410-313-1940)
Community Resources and Services: Phyllis Madachy (410-313-6400)
Community Sustainability: Jim Caldwell (410-313-2056)
Consumer Protection: Rebecca Bowman (410-313-6420)
Corrections: Jack Kavanagh (410-313-5200)
County Administration: Lonnie Robbins (410-313-2020)
Economic Development: Lawrence Twele (410-313-6500)
Finance: Stan Milesky (410-313-2195)
Fire and Rescue Services: John Butler (410-313-6000)
Housing & Community Development: Tom Carbo (410-313-6320)
Human Resources: Wanda Hutchinson (410-313-2033)
Human Rights: Barbara Sands (410-313-6430)
Inspections, Licenses and Permits: Bob Frances (410-313-2433)
Law: Gary W. Kuc (410-313-2100)
Legislative Coordinator: Jennifer Sager (410-313-2164)
Military Affairs: Lisa Terry (410-313-0821)
Planning and Zoning: Valdis Lazdins (410-313-2350)
Police: Gary Gardner (410-313-3200)
Public Information: Deidre McCabe (410-313-2022)
Public Works: Jim Irvin (410-313-4401)
Recreation and Parks: John Byrd (410-313-4700)
Technology & Communication Services: Christopher Merdon (410-313-3500)
Workforce Development: Francine Trout (410-313-4600)

Other appointed officials

Health Officer
Dr. Maura Rossman (410-313-6300)
Appointed by Maryland Secretary of Health & Mental Hygiene

Howard Community College President
Dr. Kate Hetherington (443-518-1820)
Contracted by Howard Community College Board of Trustees

Library System President and CEO
Valerie Gross (410-313-7750)
Appointed by Howard County Library System Board of Trustees

Public School Superintendent
Dr. Renee Foose (410-313-6600)
Contracted by Howard County Board of Education

Elected Local Officials

Board of Education. Voters elect seven members at large for four-year, staggered terms.
Janet Siddiqui, Chairman
Ann De Lacy, Vice Chairman
Bess Altwerger
Sandra French
Ellen Flynn Giles
Christine O'Connor
Cynthia Vaillancourt
Patrick B. Mikulis

County Council

Voters elect five members by district for four-year terms. Council members may serve no more than three terms. Councilmanic districts are realigned every ten years, after each census (1990, 2000, 2010). 

Telephone 410-313-2001; mail to 3430 Courthouse Dr., Ellicott City, 21043, or e-mail:

District 1: Jon Weinstein, Vice Chairperson
District 2: Calvin Ball, Chairperson
District 3: Jennifer Terrasa
District 4: Mary Kay Sigaty
District 5: Greg Fox

County Executive

Voters elect a County Executive for a four-year term. The executive is limited to two terms. Telephone 410-313-2013; mail to 3430 Courthouse Dr., Ellicott City, 21043

Judges: Circuit Court, 5th Judicial District

Voters elect five judges to 15-year terms.
Lenore R. Gelfman, County Administrative Judge (410-313-2143)
Louis A. Becker, Associate Judge (410-313-2083)
Richard Bernhardt, Associate Judge (410-313-2145)
Timothy J. McCrone, Associate Judge (410-313-2149)
William V. Tucker, Associate Judge (410-313-2066)

District Court Judges

The Governor appoints District Court judges.
Wayne A. Brooks
Brian D. Green
JoAnn M. Ellinghaus-Jones, Administrative Judge
Pamila Brown
Sue Ellen Hantman
Mary C. Reese
Ricardo D. Zwaig

Other Court Officials

Voters elect the following for four-year terms:
Clerk of the Court: Wayne A. Robey, Clerk (410-313-3825)
Judges of Orphans Court: Anne Dodd, Nicole Bormel Miller, Leslie Turner (410-313-2133)
Register of Wills: Byron MacFarlane (410-313-2133)

Masters in Chancery, Circuit Court

Mary M. Kramer (410-313-3635)
M. Elaine Patrick (410-313-2638)
Lara C. Weathersbee (410-313-3635)


Voters elect a sheriff for a four-year term with no term limit.

State's Attorney

Voters elect a State's Attorney for a four-year term. There are no term limitations.
Dario Broccolino (410-313-2108)