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County Executive Ball Seeks Members for Board of Social Services

October 16, 2020

Media Contacts:
Mark Miller, Administrator, Office of Public Information, 410-313-2022
Howard County Department of Social Services, 410-872-8295

Deadline to apply is Friday, November 13

ELLICOTT CITY, MD – Howard County Executive Calvin Ball is seeking applicants interested in serving on the Board of Social Services. The deadline to apply is Friday, November 13, 2020.

The Board is composed of nine members, with one member from Howard County Government. Board members serve three year terms and are responsible for advising on the application and formulation of state policies, procedures and programs that apply to Howard County, and to evaluate the local director of the Department of Social Services (DSS), a State agency.

“The Department of Social Services works every day to support residents in our community who are economically disadvantaged and facing overwhelming obstacles,” said Ball. “Especially during this pandemic, it is critical that we have engaged members of our community to inform and support the DSS and their mission. I encourage dedicated community members who are personally interested in the welfare of the county's most vulnerable populations to apply to this Board.”

To be eligible for consideration, candidates must be Howard County residents, 18 years of age or older, have an interest in the delivery of social services in Howard County and be able to attend the Board’s meetings which are held on the third Monday of each month at 5:00 p.m. in the conference room at the Department of Social Services, 9780 Patuxent Woods Pl in Columbia.  

Applicants should send a resume and a brief letter explaining why they want to serve on the Board to Kimberly Pruim either by email to or by mail to: Howard County Government, Office of the County Executive, Attn: Kimberly Pruim, 3430 Court House Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043. The names of eligible applicants will be submitted to the County Executive for approval and the nominees will be submitted to the County Council for confirmation. 

For more information about the Board of Social Services, contact the Howard County Department of Social Services at 410-872-8295.