County Government Officials

Appointed Positions

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

Aging and Independence:  Vacant (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 Partnerships: Vacant (410-313-6400)
Community Resources and Services: Jackie Scott (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: Janet Irvin (410-313-2195)
Fire and Rescue Services: John Butler (410-313-6000)
Housing & Community Development: Kelly A. Cimino (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)
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: Wynne Hayes (410-313-3500)
Veterans and Military Affairs: Lisa Terry (410-313-6400)
Workforce Development: Francine Trout (410-290-2620)

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
Ann Gilligan (Interim) (410-313-7750)
Appointed by Howard County Library System Board of Trustees

Public School Superintendent
Dr. Michael J. Martirano (410-313-6677)
Contracted by Howard County Board of Education

Elected Local Officials

Board of Education. Voters elect seven members at large for four-year, staggered terms.
Cynthia Vaillancourt, Chairman
Bess Altwerger, Vice Chairman
Kirsten Coombs
Christina Delmont-Small
Mavis Ellis
Sandra French
Ananta Hejeebu 
Anna Selbrede, Student Board Member

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 (2000, 2010, 2020). 

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

District 1: Jon Weinstein
District 2: Calvin Ball, Vice Chairperson
District 3: Jennifer Terrasa
District 4: Mary Kay Sigaty, Chairperson
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)
Richard Bernhardt, Associate Judge (410-313-2145)
Mary M. Kramer, Associate Judge (410-313-2083)
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
Lisa L. Broten
Pamila J. Brown, Administrative Judge 
Erin M. Danz
Brian D. Green 
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)

Magistrates, Circuit Court

Elizabeth J. Case (410-313-3635)
Stephanie P. Porter (410-313-2638)
Lara C. Weathersbee (410-313-3635)


Voters elect a sheriff for a four-year term with no term limit.
William J. “Bill” McMahon (410-313-2150)

State's Attorney

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