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2011 Guide to Harford - Government

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The chief executive officer of Harford County is the county executive and heads the executive branch of the county’s government. Elected every four years, the county executive is aided by a cabinet composed of directors from 23 departments and agencies including Public Works, Treasury, Planning and Zoning, Community Services, Economic Development, and Parks and Recreation.

The seven-member Harford County Council operates as the legislative branch. Six council members are elected every four years, one from each of the county’s six voting districts. The remaining council member is elected at large to serve as council president. The panel meets in legislative session on the first three Tuesdays of each month.
The county seat in Harford County is located in downtown Bel Air. The present courthouse on Main Street was constructed in 1859 on the site of the original courthouse, which was destroyed by fire early in the same year. Little has changed to alter the appearance of the courtroom and a valuable collection of portraits of Harford Countians are on display there.

Key Harford County government contacts:
Harford County Executive
David R. Craig
410-638-3350

Harford County Council
District A: Dion F. Guthrie
District B: Joseph M. Woods
District C: James “Capt’n Jim” McMahan
William “Billy” Boniface
District D: Chad Shrodes
District E: Richard Slutzky
District F: Mary Ann Lisanti
410-638-3343

The City ofAberdeen
410-272-1600
www.aberdeen-md.org

The Town ofBel Air
410-638-4550
www.belairmd.org

The City ofHavre de Grace
410-939-1800
www.havredegracemd.com

Circuit Court of Harford County
410-638-3426
410-879-2000
MD Toll-free: 1-800-989-8296

District Court of Harford County
General Info.: 410-836-4545
TTY: 1-800-735-2258
MD Toll-free: 1-800-943-6344

Harford County Sheriff’s Office
410-838-6600
www.harfordsheriff.org

Harford County Board of Elections
410-638-3565
www.harfordcountymd.gov/elections/

Harford County Community Services
410-638-3391
www.harfordcountymd.gov/services/

Harford County Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits
410-638-3344
www.harfordcountymd.gov/dilp/

Harford County Department of Planning and Zoning
410-638-3103

Animal Control
410-638-3505
www.harfordcountymd.gov/dilp/animal_control

Bel Air Motor Vehicle Administration
General Info.: 1-800-950-1682
Driver’s Tests: 1-888-212-4709

Harford County Parks and Recreation
410-638-3570
www.harfordcountymd.gov/parks_rec/

Harford County Department of Public Works
410-638-3285

Harford Waste Disposal Center
410-638-3636

Harford County Office of Recycling
410-638-3417

 

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