Consumer Advisory Board

About the Board

The Consumer Advisory Board works with the Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) to educate and protect Howard County consumers. Board members provide feedback and recommendations on OCP's programs, alert OCP to problems and concerns they witness in their communities and assist in educating county residents on the services that OCP provides. When necessary, the Board may also hold public hearings to determine whether it should recommend that certain types of merchants or practices be governed by the County consumer protection law. The Board submits an annual report on OCP to the County Executive and County Council. The Consumer Protection Advisory Board is governed by Section 17.402 of the Howard County Code. 2015 Annual Report

Membership

The Board is comprised of seven members. All members must be residents of Howard County and reflect a cross-section of consumer and business interests. Among the seven members, there must be at least two members who represent a consumer interest group, two members who represent a business interest group, and at least one member who represents an economically disadvantaged group.  Roster of current Board members. 

 

Advisory Board members are appointed by the County Executive, confirmed by the County Council and serve overlapping 5 year terms.  Board members who have served eight or more consecutive years when their terms expire, are not eligible for immediate reappointment to the Board. There are currently no vacant seats on the Board.

 

To apply for Board membership: submit your resume along with a letter stating why you would like to be on the Board. Send applications to:

 

The Howard County Office of Consumer Protection

6751 Columbia Gateway Dr.

Columbia, MD 21046

consumer@howardcountymd.gov

Meetings

The Advisory Board meets at 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at: 

The Howard County Office of Consumer Protection

6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, 2nd floor

Columbia, MD 21046

 

Note: The next meeting of the Advisory Board will not be held on the first Wednesday of October but instead on October 19, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. 

 

The agenda for the October meeting will be posted on October 12.

Meetings are open to the public. Note that the location, date and time of meetings are subject to change.  If you wish to attend, or participate by telephone conference call, please call (410) 313-6420 to confirm the date and location.  To request an accommodation to attend this meeting, please contact the Office of Consumer Protection two weeks in advance.

 

Meeting Minutes

2016 Minutes

January February March* April

May June July August*

September October November December

2015 Minutes

January February March  April

May June July August

September* October* November* December

* No meeting scheduled or no quorum of members