Robert J. Williams Jr.
Phone: (301) 952-3794
Fax: (301) 952-3238
County Administration Building (Room 2027)
14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772-3050
This division of the Legislative Branch, under the direction of the Council Administrator, provides professional staff support for all Council functions and activities. Under the direction of the Council Administrator who is appointed by the County Council staff from this division coordinates and interacts with all other divisions of the Legislative Branch including Clerk to the Council, Audits and Investigations, Zoning Hearing Examiner, and Board of Appeals. Staff drafts, reviews, and researches all Council Members requests for legislation to amend the County Code or the County Zoning Ordinance. Legislative proposals by the County Executive are presented as a courtesy by the Chair of the County Council and are reviewed by the staff as well. Staff assures that legislative proposals are in the proper format and in proper legal form. Staff works to insure that the goal or objective of the Council Member is accomplished in the content of the proposed legislation. The County Council's four Standing Committees:
- Health, Education and Human Services (HEHS)
- Planning, Zoning and Economic Development (PZED)
- Public Safety and Fiscal Management (PSFM)
- Transportation, Housing and The Environment (THE)
are all staffed by this division, as well as, the Rules Committee, the General Assembly Committee, and any Committee meeting of the Whole Council (COW). The Administration staff also coordinates, reviews and makes recommendations together with staff from the division of Audits and Investigations on the annual operating and Capital Budgets reviewed by the Prince George's County Council. Any amendments proposed during the course of the fiscal year to any of these budgets are also reviewed by this staff.
Other responsibilities include the coordination of the activities of the County Council sitting as the District Council on legislative matters involving comprehensive planning and zoning map amendments including the General Plan, Area Master Plans, Sectional Map Amendments, and special area plans.
Council Administration also coordinates with the divisions of the Clerk of the Council, the Zoning Hearing Examiner, and the Board of Appeals on the quasi judicial planning and zoning functions of the County Council sitting as the District Council which include piecemeal rezonings, special exceptions and variances.
Council Administration is also responsible for coordination of the functions of the County Council sitting as the Board of Health in matters relating to public health including Certificates of Need for health services organizations (public and private) that desire to provide new hospital services in the County. In addition, Council Administration staff serve as the Council's designated representative to the Dimension Health Services Corporation which is a non-profit organization responsible for the day to day operation of the County's three public hospitals (Prince George's General, Bowie Health Center and Greater Laurel-Beltsville).
All Press and Public Relations functions of the County Council are also performed by the Office of Communications working in Council Administration.