Expedited Bill No.        58 -14               

Concerning:  Administration – Non-merit Positions – Development                                 


Revised:       2/24/2015      Draft No. 2  

Introduced:      November 25, 2014        

Enacted:         March 3, 2015                

Executive:       March 13, 2015              

Effective:        March 13, 2015              

Sunset Date:  None                             

Ch.   7      , Laws of Mont. Co.    2015    


County Council

For Montgomery County, Maryland


By: Council President at the Request of the County Executive



      (1)        create a non-merit position of Development Ombudsman in the Office of the County Executive; and

      (2)        generally amend the laws governing non-merit positions in the Executive Branch.


By amending

Montgomery County Code

Chapter 2, Administration

Section 2-26

Section 2-27A



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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:

          Sec. 1.  Section 2-26 is amended as follows:

2-26. Non-merit positions.

          The following positions in the Office of the County Executive are non-merit positions:

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          (e)      Special Projects Manager[.] [[; and ]]

[[ (f)   Development Ombudsman]].

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Sec. 2.  Section 2-27A is amended as follows:

Sec. 2-27A.          Procedures to monitor, review and coordinate the county housing and development authorization process.

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(e)      Ombudsman and expediter functions. The County Executive [[shall]] must designate an organization unit or official with responsibility for serving as an ombudsman and expediter on behalf of builders, developers and other business enterprises with regard to the development authorization process [[, including]].  The designated ombudsman may be filled by a non-merit position in the Office of the County Executive. The ombudsman may perform such activities as:

(1)     Representing the County Executive in obtaining the cooperation of                    County, bi- County, and state agencies in expediting permit


(2)     Expediting individual permit applications in accord with the County's economic development policies. This may include at the request of the applicant and as an initial step in the entire development process, the convening of representatives of all offices and departments of the County,           public agencies, boards and commissions likely to require public takings, construction or extension of public facilities, dedications or easements, for the purpose of ascertaining the general scope and nature of such public requirements;

(3)     Conferring with agency liaison staffs and developers and builders to facilitate understanding of responsibilities and to eliminate processing obstacles.

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Sec. 3.  Expedited Effective Date. The Council declares that this legislation is necessary for the immediate protection of the public interest. This Act takes effect on the date when it becomes law.