Legislative Branch Administration

Council Administration, under the direction of the Council Administrator, with assistance by the Deputy Council Administrator, coordinates and manages the responsibilities and daily operations of the entire Legislative Branch of County government, including the various statutory and administrative offices of the Branch.

The Council Administrator is responsible for developing and supervising management techniques and ensuring that the Council is provided, in a timely manner, all of the technical, professional, and clerical support required for decision-making in a wide variety of subject areas.  The Administrator establishes, subject to County Council approval, concepts, objectives and policy for Council decisions, and translates these decisions into guidance for the Council staff; sets priorities to meet stated Council objectives; reviews the performance of staff for conformity to policies and objectives; and facilitates coordination between staff members, other County departments, and bi-county agencies.

The Council Administrator advises the Council on legally mandated deadlines for action and assures compliance with other legal mandates.  The Administrator prepares the budget for the Legislative Branch, and following the adoption of the budget, supervises expenditures to assure conformity with the approved budget.

The Council Administrator oversees the preparation of agendas for Council meetings, dissemination of information to the public about the actions of the Council, and codification of laws enacted by Council.

Council Administration staff researches, drafts, and/or reviews all Council Member requests for legislation to amend the County Code or the County Zoning ordinance.  The County Council’s Standing Committees, Committee meetings of the entire Council (COW), Task Forces and Work groups are all staffed by Council Administration.  Council Administration coordinates committee and staff review, makes recommendations, and together with staff from the Office of Audits and Investigations, drafts the final legislation that enacts the annual Operating and Capital Budgets which have been reviewed and approved by the Prince George’s County Council.

Council Administration coordinates with the Offices of the Clerk of the Council, the Zoning Hearing Examiner, and the Board of Appeals on the comprehensive and quasi-judicial planning and zoning functions of the County Council sitting as the District Council.

Council Administration is also responsible for facilitating the functions of the County Council sitting as the Board of Health in matters relating to public health, including Certificates of Need for health services by organizations (public and private) that desire to provide new hospital services in the County.