Frederick County transitioned from the County Commissioner form of government to the County Charter form of government on December 1, 2014. Under Charter Government, there is an Executive Branch with a County Executive and a Legislative Branch with a County Council.
For many years, all five County Commissioners were elected in at-large elections by all county voters. Under the new Charter Government, the County Executive and only two of the County Council members are elected at-large.
The seven-member County Council consists of five members elected by district and two elected at-large. Council members have the power to initiate legislation. Legislative sessions are limited to 45 days yearly and non-legislative sessions as needed. To find your district, click on the Board of Elections link.
County Council members serve for four years and no more than three consecutive terms, and receive $35,000 per year with no benefits.