Janssen E. Evelyn was named Assistant Chief Administrative Officer in 2017. He began his career with Howard County government as an Assistant County Solicitor in the Office of Law in 2015. In this capacity, he advised and represented various county departments and offices, including the Office of Human Resources, the Department of Fire and Rescue Services, the Police Department, and the Department of Public Works on issues related to personnel matters, labor and employment, labor negotiations, and administrative issues. He also served as legal advisor to the Retirement Plan Committee.
Prior to joining the County, Evelyn worked as an Associate County Attorney in the Prince George’s County Office of Law from 2012-2015. There, he represented the county agencies and departments in all contested labor and personnel matters, EEOC charges, police and sheriff trial boards, and other employment proceedings. Before his public sector employment, he worked in private practice as a litigator specializing in civil litigation.
Originally hailing from Barbados, Evelyn attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland earning a B.S. in Political Science, with a concentration in African Diaspora Studies. He later received his J.D. degree from Washington and Lee School of Law. He served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable George L. Russell, III, at the Circuit Court for Baltimore City from 2007-2008. Evelyn is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the U.S. District Court of Maryland.