County Governments Are Restructuring to Increase Efficiency and Save Money

Carroll County, Queen Anne’s County and Baltimore County have all undergone restructuring with some changes being phased in over time.

Last week the  Carroll County Board of Commissioners voted to consolidate several departments as part of their ongoing restructuring plan set to save over $400,000 from the county’s budget. The most recent action resulted in the termination of the Director of Human Resources and the County Clerk.  The county made clear these were not performance related

The decision to restructure county government reduced the board’s Cabinet from 15 to eight departments, each with a director. The departments that no longer serve in the Cabinet have been folded into the remaining eight departments. Chief of Staff Steve Powell will continue to serve in the Cabinet, Howard said.

Queen Anne’s County restructured several departments and moved operations for Parks and Recreation into 2 different areas following the retirement of Steve Walls, the Director.  Steve served for more than 30 years. The Parks Division is being moved under the Department of Public Works with Todd Mohn as the Director. The Recreation Division is moving under the newly created Department of Community Services headed by Cathy Willis and the the Airport staff will be reporting to Faith Elliott-Rossing with the Department of Economic Development.

Baltimore County has merged functions and eliminated vacant positions which resulted in a savings of $8 million. Among some of the changes the responsibilities of the Office of Community Conservation were incorporated into the offices of planning, public works, and social services. The Office of Sustainability was consolidated into the Department of Environmental Protection and Resource Management (DEPRM). That department has been renamed the Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability (DEPS). The Office of Workforce Development has been merged into the Office of Economic Development.

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