Institution Spotlight: Board of Charles County Commissioners
This week CLPA highlights the Board of Charles County Commissioners, the legislative branch of the Charles County Government. The Board is comprised of five Commissioners elected to four-year terms with no term limits. Four of the Commissioners represent a Commissioner District, in which they must reside, and the fifth Commissioner holds the position of President of the County Commissioners and may live anywhere in the county. The current President is Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq and the Vice President is Bobby Rucci. The President is the only full-time position with the Board, whereas the other four are part-time. The core responsibilities of the Board are to:
Raise revenue to fund the capital and operating budgets of County departments and agencies.
Provide for the public health, safety, and welfare of County residents
Adopt and update the Land Use Plan and Zoning Ordinance and oversee the development process.
Establish, communicate, and enforce County rules, regulations, ordinances, policies, and procedures.
Appoint boards, commissions, and task forces to advise them and make recommendations.
Serve on various Boards and councils in the County, region, and State. For a complete list of boards and councils, click here.
In 2019 after a series of worksessions, the Board approved their 2019-2021 Goals and Objectives, which directs their work for that period. The five goals focus on economic development, institutional governance and policy, environment, education, and quality of life. The Board noted that emphasis for this term will be placed on "Economic Development and Supportive Services" and "Institutional Governance and Policy." Since June of this year, the Board has presented on one of their agreed-upon goals. You can find links to those presentations below.
The Board of Commissioners have meetings every Tuesday at 10:00 am in the Charles County Government Building at 200 Baltimore Street in La Plata. If needed, the Board holds meetings on Wednesday afternoon as well. Meetings can be viewed on Charles County Government cable television stations' or streamed online and are rebroadcast during the week. If you would like to schedule an appointment to speak with one of the Commissioners, please call (301) 645-0550. If you need to know what district you live in you can do so by utilizing the "find my Commissioner" tool on the County's website.
2021 Board of Charles County Commissioners
Reuben B. Collins, II, Esq.-Commissioner President
Gilbert "BJ" O. Bowling, III-District 1
Thomasina O. Coates, M.S.- District 2
Amanda M. Stewart, M.Ed.- District 3
Bobby Rucci -Commissioner Vice President-District 4