The Department of County Administration fosters interdepartmental coordination and provides day-to-day administrative and technical support to ensure efficient operation of government and effective use of tax dollars in delivering services.

Chief Administrative Officer

photo of Lonnie Robbins

Lonnie R. Robbins was appointed Howard County Chief Administrative Officer effective January 3, 2007 after serving as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer since 2004. He began his career with Howard County government as an Assistant County Solicitor in the Office of Law in 1989, and was named a Senior Assistant County Solicitor in 1993. In these capacities, he advised and represented various County departments and agencies, including the Police Department, Police Hearing Board, County Council, Purchasing, Citizen Services, Transportation and Recreation and Parks. In addition, he represented various boards and commissions, including the Board of Appeals, Human Rights, Ethics, Mental health Authority, Local Children’s Board, Equal Business Opportunity and the Economic Development Authority.
A native of Snow Hill, Maryland, Robbins attended the University of Maryland College Park. He earned a B.S. degree in Business and Public Administration, with a concentration in Transportation. He later received his J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Robbins currently serves as a Trustee of both the Howard County Employee’s Pension Plan and the Howard County Police and Fire Pension Plan. Robbins is admitted to practice law in Maryland and Pennsylvania state courts, as well as in the Federal District Court of Maryland and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Deputy Chief Administrative Officer


Nancy E. Gray
was named Deputy Chief Administrative Officer in 2015. She joined Howard County Government in 2000 and in previous positions was Safety and Loss Control Coordinator and Deputy Risk Manager.
A retired Senior Master Sergeant, Gray spent 20-years in West Virginia Air National Guard, where she served as a Personnel Technician and the Chief of Personnel for the State of West Virginia.
Gray received her undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Management from Shepherd College. She earned her M.A. in Management with a concentration in Safety in 1998 from West Virginia University.