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Guide to Howard County 2022: Government and elected officials

Howard County’s government operates a school system, a police department with nearly 500 sworn officers a fire department, a water and sewer system, a landfill and six branch libraries that have the highest per-capita circulation rate in the state.


The county raises money principally from property and income taxes and employs3,342 people in government services, public safety, facilities and community services. Direct appropriation from the county is over 52% of ongoing general fund revenues of the county’s budget of almost $1.2 billion this fiscal year will pay for the county’s public schools, which are overseen by seven elected members of the Howard County Board of Education. The school system employs more than 8,500 people and serves 57,325 students.

County Executive Calvin Ball and members on the five-seat County Council were elected in 2018 for four-year terms.


Columbia Association

The Columbia Association is a private, nonprofit corporation that resembles a local government, recreation business and civic organization rolled into one. Its board of directors is elected by property owners and the residents of Columbia’s 10 villages.

Supported by two major revenue sources — annual property owners’ fees and membership fees charged for programs and services — CA operates a broad scope of facilities such as parks, pathways, pools, tennis courts and golf courses, and maintains nearly 3,600 acres of open space, including 95 miles of walking, jogging and biking pathways.

CA owns all the village community association offices and neighborhood centers, and its covenants filter down to the neighborhood level. Each Columbia village has its own community association and resident-elected village board, which addresses neighborhood issues and can serve as advocates on behalf of residents.

County Executive

Calvin Ball, Democrat



County Council



Liz Walsh, D-District 1, @LizWalshHoCoD1

Opel Jones, D-District 2, @OpelJones

Christiana Mercer Rigby, D-District 3, @councilwomancmr

Deb Jung, D-District 4, @CouncilDeb

David Yungmann, R-District 5, @YungmannDavid


County citizens are represented in the Maryland General Assembly in Annapolis by three senators and eight delegates from three legislative districts. Each serves a four-year term.


Local members of the Maryland General Assembly


District 9

State Sen. Katie Fry Hester, Democrat, 410-841-3671, @katiefryhester

District 9A

Del. Trent M. Kittleman, Republican, 410-841-3556, @TrentKittleman

Del. Reid Novotny, Republican, 410-841-3582, @reidnovotny


District 9B

Del. M. Courtney Watson, Democrat, 410-841-3077, @courtneywatson1

District 12

State Sen. Clarence K. Lam, Democrat, 410-841-3653, @ClarenceLamMD

Del. Eric D. Ebersole, Democrat, 410-841-3328, @EricEbersole

Del. Jessica Feldmark, Democrat, 410-841-3205, @JessicaFeldmark


Del. Terri L. Hill, Democrat, 410-841-3378 @TerriHillMD

District 13

State Sen. Guy J. Guzzone, Democrat, 410-841-3572, @GuyGuzzone

Del. Vanessa Atterbeary, Democrat, 410-841-3471, @VAtterbeary

Del. Shane Pendergrass, Democrat, 410-841-3139

Del. Jen Terrasa, Democrat, 410-841-3246, @JenTerrasa


U.S. Senate

Sen. Chris Van Hollen, Democrat, 202-224-4654, @ChrisVanHollen

Sen. Ben Cardin, Democrat, 202-224-4524, @SenatorCardin

U.S. House of Representatives

Maryland 2nd District

Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, Democrat

202-225-3061, @Call_Me_Dutch

Maryland 3rd District


Rep. John Sarbanes, Democrat

202-225-4016, @RepSarbanes

Maryland 7th District

Rep. Kweisi Mfume, Democrat

202-225-4741, @RepKweisiMfume


Office of Public Information


410-313-2022, TRS 711,

Animal Control & Adoption Center

8576 Davis Road, Columbia


Board of Elections

410-313-5820,, @HoCoBOEMaryland


Bureau of Environmental Services (trash and recycling)

Alpha Ridge Landfill, 2350 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville


Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits


Fire and Rescue


410-313-6000 (non-emergency),

Maryland Access Point


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Motor Vehicle Administration

Columbia Express Office, 6490 Dobbin Road, Columbia

410-768-7000, TRS 711,


Office of ADA Coordination


Police Department

General inquiries: 410-313-3200