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Central Administrative Services

Department of Human Resources and Management

The Department of Human Resources and Management (DHRM), under the leadership of the Commission's Executive Director, provides quality administrative, managerial and human resources services to the public and Commission. The Department is organized into two major divisions: Corporate Management and Human Resources. The work program is supported by a team structure in order to enhance service quality and increase productivity. Core business services include recruitment and selection, risk and safety management, employee benefits, employee and labor relations, classification and compensation, budget, and corporate administration. In 2007, the Department, on behalf of the Commission, received the "Workplace Excellence" Seal of Approval award from the Alliance For Workplace Excellence for the 5th time and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers' Association for the 18th consecutive year.

Department of Finance

The Department of Finance provides fiscal management and oversight of all Commission financial activities. Services of the Department include financial reporting and policy development; processing of payroll, disbursements and purchasing transactions; investment management; debt issuance; information systems management. For the 35th consecutive year, the Commission received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association for the fiscal year 2007 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Office of the General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel provides comprehensive legal services to the Commission, assisting in every facet of the Commission's work program. The scope of its work is as broad as that of the Commission itself, ranging from externally focused activities such as land use planning and regulation, stewardship and policing of park property and recreation programs, to more internally directed corporate matters such as legislative liaison, contracting and procurement, risk management and employment. Legal Department attorneys represent the Commission in litigation and administrative proceedings, provide advice and counsel to Commissioners and staff, assist in implementing new legislative mandates, and participate in teams to develop creative solutions to the new challenges facing the Commission.

Merit System Board

The Merit System Board is an impartial Board which provides recommendations and decisions regarding the Merit System of the Commission and is the highest level within the Commission for hearing appeals.

Employees' Retirement System

The Employees' Retirement System (ERS), administered by the 11-member Board of Trustees, in accordance with the Trust Agreement between the Board and the Commission, is a contributory defined benefit pension system with four plans, qualified under the Internal Revenue Code Section 401(a). The administrative operations are the responsibility of the ERS Staff and Board-appointed Administrator, who reports directly to the Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Click here to learn more about our Employees' Retirement System

Montgomery County Department of Parks

- The Department oversees the acquisition, development and management of a nationally recognized, award winning park system providing County residents with open space for recreational opportunities and natural resources stewardship.

Montgomery County Department of Planning

- The Department strives to balance provision of opportunities for housing, public facilities, and commercial and economic development with protection of open space and the environment. Work efforts include master planning that creates blueprints for well-designed communities and development review services that promote Smart Growth practices and assure compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.

Prince George's County Department of Park and Recreation

- The Department of Parks & Recreation in Prince George's County offers terrific opportunities for residents and visitors. We have community centers and arts facilities, fitness trails and aquatics centers, peaceful open space and sports for all ages. There's something for everyone!

Prince George's County Department of Planning

- The role of the Planning Department is best described in its mission statement: "to help preserve, protect and manage the County's resources by providing the highest quality planning services and growth management guidance and by facilitating effective intergovernmental and citizen involvement through education and technical assistance."