Cecil County, MD
 
[HISTORY: Approved by the voters of Cecil County 11-2-2010; effective 12-3-2012. Amendments noted where applicable.]
PREAMBLE: We the citizens of Cecil County, Maryland, a body corporate and politic, under the Constitution and general laws of the State of Maryland, in order to establish a more dynamic, efficient, and responsive form of County government, which shall be empowered by us to exercise greater local authority to govern and be manifest in its scope to all, do adopt, ordain, and establish as our instrument of government this Charter of Cecil County, Maryland.
Article 1. General Provisions

101 Body corporate and politic.

102 Exercise of powers.

103 Name and boundaries.

104 Definitions.

105 Separability.

Article 2. County Council

201 Composition.

202 Powers.

203 Council to act as a body.

204 Election.

205 Qualifications.

206 Term of office.

207 Compensation.

208 Forfeiture of office.

209 Vacancies.

210 Officers.

211 Investigations by the Council.

212 Noninterference.

213 Council assistance.

214 Redistricting.

Article 3. Legislative Branch

301 Legislative powers.

302 Legislative sessions.

303 Legislative procedure.

304 Enactment of legislation.

305 Emergency legislation.

306 Executive veto.

307 Effective date of laws.

308 Referendum.

309 Publication of laws.

310 Compilation of laws.

Article 4. Executive

401 Composition.

402 County Executive powers and duties.

403 Election of the County Executive.

404 Term of the County Executive.

405 Qualifications of the County Executive.

406 Compensation of the County Executive.

407 Vacancy in the Office of County Executive.

408 Forfeiture of office by the Executive.

409 Temporary absence or disability.

410 Director of Administration.

411 County Attorney.

412 Appointment and removal of department heads and others.

413 Temporary administrative appointments.

414 Plan of organization.

Article 5. Budget and Finance

501 Establishment of position of Director of Finance.

502 Duties of Director of Finance.

503 Fiscal year and tax year.

504 Preparation of the County budget.

505 Budget message.

506 Public budget hearing.

507 Action on the budget by the Council.

508 Tax levy and balanced budget.

509 Borrowing limitations.

510 Transfer of appropriations.

511 Supplemental appropriations.

512 Emergency appropriations.

513 Lapsed appropriations.

514 Amendment to capital budget after adoption of the budget.

515 Composition and limitation upon County funds.

Article 6. Miscellaneous

601 Strategic Plan.

602 Charter amendments.

603 Termination of Charter.

604 Charter Review Commission.

605 Bonding of officers.

606 Independent auditor.

Article 7. Transitional Provisions

701 Nature of this article.

702 Time certain articles become effective.

703 First County Executive.

704 Existing laws.

705 Reference in State Constitution and laws to County Commissioners.

706 Existing officers and employees.

707 Existing members of boards and commissions.

708 Office of the County Commissioner abolished.

709 Composition of the first Council.

710 Term of office for members of the first Council.

711 Office of County Treasurer abolished.

712 First Redistricting Commission.

713 First elections of Council members by district.