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Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of the County Attorney is to act as the Chief Legal Officer of Montgomery County Government and to conduct all its legal business.


Budget Overview

The total approved FY21 Operating Budget for the Office of the County Attorney is $6,361,363, an increase of $19,394 or 0.31 percent from the FY20 Approved Budget of $6,341,969. Personnel Costs comprise 86.91 percent of the budget for 76 full-time position(s) and one part-time position(s), and a total of 41.20 FTEs. Total FTEs may include seasonal or temporary positions and may also reflect workforce charged to or from other departments or funds. Operating Expenses account for the remaining 13.09 percent of the FY21 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

While this program area supports all eight of the County Result Areas, the following is emphasized:

  • Effective, Sustainable Government


Program Performance Measures

Performance measures for this department are included below (where applicable), with multi-program measures displayed at the front of this section and program-specific measures shown with the relevant program. The FY20 estimates reflect funding based on the FY20 approved budget. The FY21 and FY22 figures are performance targets based on the FY21 approved budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY22.



  • Successfully defended a legal challenge to County's pesticide law (established under Bill 52-14) in Complete Lawn Care v. Montgomery County. The law restricts the application of certain pesticides for cosmetic purposes on County and private property and is codified in Chapter 33B of the County Code.
  • Successfully defended a legal challenge to the Amendment to the Westbard Master Plan in Bennett v. Montgomery County, where several residents of the Westbard area filed a lawsuit challenging an amendment to the Westbard Sector Plan. The amendment modernized the Master Plan and allowed for the redevelopment of the aging Westwood Shopping Center. The redevelopment includes affordable housing and is projected to yield economic development benefits, including additional tax revenues, for the County as a whole.


Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Prosecuted over 6,200 code citations in FY19, an increase of 76 percent over the number of citations prosecuted in FY17, using existing staff resources.
  • In coordination with the Department of Housing and Community Affairs (DHCA), County Attorney implemented an online electronic citations application (eCitation) for code enforcement. This application standardizes and improves the process of issuance of citations. The eCitation program allows inspectors of user departments to easily look up violation codes, search specific citation ticket, and run ad hoc report and export data from the portal. OCA has completed training for the Health and Human Services and Police Animal Services Division inspectors. Additional training will be expanded to other departments and agenccies.

Program Descriptions

  Insurance Defense Litigation

Provides legal defense for cases involving Montgomery County and 14 local government Self-Insurance Fund participants (including the Montgomery County Board of Education, City of Rockville, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Montgomery College, and the Housing Opportunities Commission) and all of their employees. The attorneys appear regularly before State and...

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  Health and Human Services

The attorneys in this division act as counsel and give legal advice to the Department of Health and Human Services. The attorneys represent Child Welfare Services in the Juvenile Court, in cases involving child abuse and child neglect, and Aging and Disability Services in the Circuit Court, in adult guardianship...

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  Finance and Procurement

Acts as counsel and provides legal advice to the County Executive, County Council, and to several County departments, agencies, boards, and commissions. The Division represents the County Government in tax and procurement matters before State, Federal, and local administrative agencies and courts; drafts and reviews agreements, legislation, regulations, and other...

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  Human Resources

Attorneys act as counsel and give legal advice to the following agencies: Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, Ethics Commission, Board of Investment Trustees, Office of Human Resources, Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, Office of Public Information, Department of Transportation (Transit Services Division, Taxicab Unit), Human Rights Commission, Board of...

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  Zoning, Land Use and Economic Development

Represents and advises the County Executive, the County Council, and various County departments, including the Department of General Services, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Community Affairs, and the Department of Public Libraries. Represents and advises agencies and commissions, including the Historic Preservation Commission, the Revenue Authority,...

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  Support Services

Provide administrative, research, and technical guidance and support to divisions within the Department. Allows for an equitable distribution of work assignments, to cross-train staff, and to evaluate fairly the performance of the staff. Provides administrative support to the Risk Management Fund, and revenue support to the Risk Management Fund, Revenue...

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Provides internal personnel, financial, and operational management for the Office of the County Attorney....

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  Goverment Operations and Appeals

Drafts and reviews County and State legislation; represents the County in legal challenges to its legislative acts; drafts and coordinates formal legal advice given by the Office of the County Attorney; provides legal assistance to the Office of Management and Budget, Ethics Commission, Office of the Inspector General, and the...

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Budget Trends
Program Contacts

Contact Carolyn Kilgariff of the Office of the County Attorney at 240.777.6766 or Naeem Mia of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2786 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
Salaries and Wages4942515.004281032.00 4291683.00 4297742.000.4
Employee Benefits1544093.001348655.00 1348417.00 1230736.00-8.7
County General Fund Personnel Costs6486608.005629687.00 5640100.00 5528478.00-1.8
Operating Expenses504498.00712282.00 749534.00 832885.0016.9
Capital Outlay100.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
County General Fund Expenditures6991206.006341969.00 6389634.00 6361363.000.3
Full-Time76.0076.00 76.00 76.000.0
Part-Time2.002.00 2.00 1.00-50.0
FTEs43.5043.20 43.20 41.20-4.6
Federal Financial Participation Reimbursements284621.00250000.00 250000.00 250000.000.0
Miscellaneous Revenues74.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Charges/Fees-337.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Other Intergovernmental93853.0045630.00 45630.00 45630.000.0
County General Fund Revenues378211.00295630.00 295630.00 295630.000.0
FY21 Approved Changes
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment1182150.00
Increase Cost: Outside Counsel Expenses [General Counsel]1100000.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of Mid-Year FY20 Position Actions [General Counsel]-7116-1.50
Re-align: Charges to Other Departments/Funds [General Counsel]-345460.75
FY21 APPROVED186553-0.75
Program Summary
Program NameFY20 APPR
Finance and Procurement117749311.5000.00
General Counsel00.00410378828.25
Goverment Operations and Appeals4684022.7500.00
Health and Human Services11995847.1000.00
Human Resources11399867.5000.00
Insurance Defense Litigation1331711.2500.00
Support Services4142434.7000.00
Zoning, Land Use and Economic Development1802980.9000.00
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY20
Board of AppealsGeneral Fund728710.50763350.50
Intergovernmental RelationsGeneral Fund286370.30290150.30
FinanceGeneral Fund1722761.051802621.05
FinanceRisk Management (Self Insurance - ISF)311174320.50310288621.00
Human ResourcesEmployee Health Self Insurance184750.10189310.10
Correction and RehabilitationGeneral Fund1338941.001596071.00
PoliceGeneral Fund719330.501782161.00
Parking District ServicesBethesda Parking240840.10228320.10
Parking District ServicesSilver Spring Parking288120.20304100.20
Health and Human ServicesGrant Fund1942942.401942942.40
Permitting ServicesPermitting Services2227441.002112601.00
Housing and Community AffairsGeneral Fund920930.50936530.50
Housing and Community AffairsMontgomery Housing Initiative1810401.001864301.00
Recycling and Resource ManagementSolid Waste Disposal1385650.751419850.75
Recycling and Resource ManagementSolid Waste Collection461880.25473280.25
CIPCapital Fund4636582.804832022.80
NDA - Montgomery County Employee Retirement PlansGeneral Fund184750.10189310.10
NDA - Montgomery County Employee Retirement PlansEmployees Retirement Savings Plan (RSP)184750.10189310.10
NDA - Montgomery County Employee Retirement PlansRetirement Fund (ERS)775970.42795120.42
NDA - Retiree Health Benefits TrustRetiree Health Benefits Trust Fund314080.17321830.17
NDA - Retiree Health Benefits TrustRSP-Disability Benefits (LTD2)110850.06113590.06
Cable Television Communications PlanCable TV1204200.501141600.50
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
FY21 Approved6361.0000006361.0000006361.0000006361.0000006361.0000006361.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Subtotal Expenditures6361.0000006361.0000006361.0000006361.0000006361.0000006361.000000