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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.

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Budget Overview

The total recommended FY22 Operating Budget for the Office of the County Attorney is $6,429,488, an increase of $68,125 or 1.07 percent from the FY21 Approved Budget of $6,361,363. Personnel Costs comprise 87.05 percent of the budget for 77 full-time position(s) and one part-time position(s), and a total of 41.70 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 12.95 percent of the FY22 budget.

County Priority Outcomes

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

  • Effective, Sustainable Government

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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 FY21 estimates reflect funding based on the FY21 approved budget. The FY22 and FY23 figures are performance targets based on the FY22 recommended budget and funding for comparable service levels in FY23.

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Initiatives

  • OCA successfully pivoted to teleworking during the COVID 19 pandemic by instituting policies and procedures to provide legal services remotely and to limit the number of personnel in the office to meet COVID 19 requirements.

  • Successfully defended a legal challenge in Federal Court brought under the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) seeking the reversal of the County Council's decision not to extend water and sewer to several parcels of property in Burtonsville to protect the Patuxent River watershed.
  • Provided OCA oversight of an enforcement workgroup to coordinate all citations/closures with SAO related to COVID 19.

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Innovations and Productivity Improvements

  • Expanded the electronic citation application for use by more departments. Enhanced the application to allow inspectors to save a preview version of the citation ticket before final issuance. Code enforcement supervisors can now review and approve a citation after inspectors update information. Continued to train inspectors in Permitting Services, Health and Human Services, Environmental Protection, Office of Consumer Protection, and Animal Services and Adoption Center on this application.
  • Implemented an online payment portal for debt collection payments including dishonored checks, False Alarm and other miscellaneous payments. Debtors can pay by credit card or personal check via the payment portal and daily payment reports can be viewed online.
  • Migrated all existing non-procurement contracts in Zymaging to SharePoint to create a Non-Procurement Contracts Resource Center to better implement AP2-4. Created a one-stop shop for contract administrators; provided online agreement checklist to create and update contract/MOU/grants information and allow contract administrators to upload support documentation. Created a workflow process for department contract approval, OCA review, and Finance verification.
  • Converted all paper workflows with Child Welfare Service to electronic forms and all court-related forms to electronic format. Established new ad-hoc e-filing procedures to match the changes made by the courts. Enabled all attorneys to appear in 100% remote court appearances. Provided trainings session for HHS on remote court participation.

Program Descriptions

  Litigation

Through this program, OCA represents the County (and other members of the Self-Insurance Fund) before all courts and administrative agencies in which claims for relief are sought in connection with alleged wrong-doing by members of the Self-Insurance Fund and their employees. Under this program, OCA also provides the County with...

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  General Counsel

This program provides general counsel services to the agencies and instrumentalities of the County government. These general counsel services include providing legal advice to the Executive and Legislative Branches of County government; review of legislation and transaction for legal sufficiency; collection of debts owed to the County; representation of the...

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  Administration

Under this program, administrative support, financial and operational management, and oversight is provided in support of the Litigation Program and the General Counsel Program. Also provides 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...

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Program Contacts

Contact Carolyn Kilgariff of the Office of the County Attorney at 240.777.6766 or Rafael Pumarejo Murphy of the Office of Management and Budget at 240.777.2775 for more information regarding this department's operating budget.

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Budget Summary
TitleActual
FY20
Budget
FY21
Estimate
FY21
Recommended
FY22
%Chg
Bud/Rec
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages4278015.004297742.00 4248130.00 4441986.003.4
Employee Benefits1349511.001230736.00 1210162.00 1154669.00-6.2
County General Fund Personnel Costs5627526.005528478.00 5458292.00 5596655.001.2
Operating Expenses764206.00832885.00 592303.00 832833.000.0
County General Fund Expenditures6391732.006361363.00 6050595.00 6429488.001.1
PERSONNEL
Full-Time76.0076.00 76.00 77.001.3
Part-Time2.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
FTEs43.2041.20 41.20 41.701.2
REVENUES
Federal Financial Participation Reimbursements244730.00250000.00 250000.00 250000.000.0
Other Intergovernmental-45876.0045630.00 45630.00 45630.000.0
County General Fund Revenues198854.00295630.00 295630.00 295630.000.0
 
GRANT FUND - MCG
EXPENDITURES
Salaries and Wages0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Employee Benefits0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Personnel Costs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Operating Expenses17592.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Expenditures17592.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
PERSONNEL
Full-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Part-Time0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
FTEs0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
Grant Fund - MCG Revenues0.000.00 0.00 0.000.0
 
DEPARTMENT TOTALS
Total Expenditures6409324.006361363.00 6050595.00 6429488.001.1
Total Full-Time Positions76.0076.00 76.00 77.001.3
Total Part-Time Positions2.001.00 1.00 1.000.0
Total FTEs43.2041.20 41.20 41.701.2
Total Revenues198854.00295630.00 295630.00 295630.000.0
FY22 Recommended Changes
TitleExpendituresFTEs
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
FY21 ORIGINAL APPROPRIATION636136341.20
Other Adjustments (with no service impacts)
Increase Cost: FY21 Compensation Adjustment1568620.00
Increase Cost: FY22 Compensation Adjustment630820.00
Shift: Deputy Privacy Official Position Transfer from HHS to OCA [Administration]523250.50
Increase Cost: Personnel Cost Increase for Deputy Privacy Official Position Shift [Administration]308710.00
Decrease Cost: Print and Mail Adjustment-520.00
Decrease Cost: Retirement Adjustment-142470.00
Decrease Cost: Lapse Administrative Aide Position [Administration]-486400.00
Decrease Cost: Annualization of FY21 Personnel Costs-823850.00
Decrease Cost: Lapse Administrative Specialist II Position [Administration]-896910.00
FY22 RECOMMENDED642948841.70
Program Summary
Program NameFY21 APPR
Expenditures
FY21 APPR
FTEs
FY22 REC
Expenditures
FY22 REC
FTEs
Administration225757512.95218763612.70
General Counsel410378828.25424185229.00
Litigation00.0000.00
Total636136341.20642948841.70
Charges to Other Departments
Charged DepartmentCharged FundFY21
Total$
FY21
FTES
FY22
Total$
FY22
FTES
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
CIPCapital Fund4832022.804832352.80
Board of AppealsGeneral Fund763350.50773020.50
Correction and RehabilitationGeneral Fund1596071.001595611.00
Cable Television Communications PlanCable TV1141600.501111400.50
Permitting ServicesPermitting Services2112601.002057681.00
FinanceGeneral Fund1802621.051825311.05
FinanceRisk Management (Self Insurance - ISF)310288621.00290653421.00
Housing and Community AffairsGeneral Fund936530.50949580.50
Housing and Community AffairsMontgomery Housing Initiative1864301.001866261.00
Health and Human ServicesGeneral Fund00.00834770.50
Health and Human ServicesGrant Fund1942942.401942942.40
Intergovernmental RelationsGeneral Fund290150.30293970.30
NDA - Retiree Health Benefits TrustRetiree Health Benefits Trust Fund321830.17322070.17
NDA - Retiree Health Benefits TrustRSP-Disability Benefits (LTD2)113590.06113670.06
NDA - Montgomery County Employee Retirement PlansGeneral Fund189310.10189450.10
NDA - Montgomery County Employee Retirement PlansEmployees Retirement Savings Plan (RSP)189310.10189450.10
NDA - Montgomery County Employee Retirement PlansRetirement Fund (ERS)795120.42795710.42
Human ResourcesEmployee Health Self Insurance189310.10189450.10
Parking District ServicesBethesda Parking228320.10222280.10
Parking District ServicesSilver Spring Parking304100.20304050.20
PoliceGeneral Fund1782161.001783841.00
Recycling and Resource ManagementSolid Waste Disposal1419850.751420910.75
Recycling and Resource ManagementSolid Waste Collection473280.25473640.25
Total543172235.30531527535.80
Funding Parameter Items ($000s)
TitleFY22FY23FY24FY25FY26FY27
COUNTY GENERAL FUND
EXPENDITURES
FY22 Recommended6429.0000006429.0000006429.0000006429.0000006429.0000006429.000000
No inflation or compensation change is included in outyear projections.
Labor Contracts0.000000113.000000113.000000113.000000113.000000113.000000
These figures represent the estimated annualized cost of general wage adjustments, service increments, and other negotiated items.
Subtotal Expenditures6429.0000006542.0000006542.0000006542.0000006542.0000006542.000000