Cecil County, MD
 
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The provisions of this article relate to the transition from the Commissioner form of government to the form of government provided by this Charter. Whenever the provisions of this article are inconsistent with the previous provisions of this Charter, the provisions of this article shall control.
Except as expressly provided in this article, the provisions of this Charter shall become operative on the date the first County Executive, elected pursuant to this Charter, takes office, Monday, December 3, 2012. For purposes of this Charter, said date shall be termed "the effective date of the Charter."
In order to provide for the election of the first County Executive in November 2012, Section 403 (Election of the County Executive), Section 404 (Term of the County Executive) and Section 405 (Qualifications of the County Executive) shall take effect on January 1, 2011.
(a) 
The public local laws of the County and all rules, regulations, resolutions, and ordinances enacted by the County Commissioners in force on the effective date of the Charter shall continue in full force until repealed or amended. To the extent that any of the public local laws of the County or rules, regulations, resolutions, or ordinances, or any parts thereof, are inconsistent with the provisions of this Charter, they are repealed.
(b) 
The provisions of Article 66B of the Annotated Code of Maryland, as they relate to planning and zoning authority, stand adopted on the effective date of the Charter to the extent they are not repealed by the provisions of this Charter and shall remain in effect until repealed, amended, or superseded.
All references in the Constitution and laws of the State of Maryland to the Cecil County Commissioners shall be construed, at the effective date of the Charter, to refer to the Council and/or the County Executive whenever the construction would be reasonable.
All appointed officers and employees of the government holding office at the effective date of the Charter, unless specifically abolished by this Charter, shall continue to be employed at their existing compensation, subject, however, to the provisions of any relevant personnel laws, rules, or regulations. Provisions relating to the qualifications for the appointed offices provided in this Charter shall become effective whenever vacancies occur in the appointed offices after said date.
The members of all boards and commissions holding office at the effective date of the Charter shall continue to hold the same or corresponding office until completion of their terms of office, unless removed in accordance with the provisions of this Charter.
At the effective date of the Charter, the Office of County Commissioner shall cease to exist and all reference to the Office and the Board of County Commissioners in the Maryland Constitution or in any law, ordinance, rule, or regulation shall be construed to refer to the Office of Council member or the Council and/or the Office of the County Executive or the County Executive whenever the construction would be reasonable.
At the effective date of the Charter: (a) the three County Commissioners who reside in District 2, District 3 and District 4, respectively, shall become Council members; and (b) the two candidates for the Office of County Commissioner who were elected to office in November 2012 and who reside in District 1 and District 5, respectively, shall become Council members. Together they shall exercise all of the powers provided to the Council under this Charter.
(a) 
The terms of office of the three Council members who reside in District 2, District 3 and District 4, respectively, as said districts were comprised prior to the effective date of the Charter, shall expire at such times as their successors, elected in November of 2014, shall qualify for office.
(b) 
The terms of office of the two Council members who reside in District 1 and District 5, respectively, as said districts were comprised prior to the effective date of this Charter, shall expire at such times as their successors, elected in November of 2016, shall qualify for office.
On January 1, 2013, the Office of the County Treasurer shall cease to exist. The powers and duties of said office shall be performed by the Director of Finance, unless or until changed by law not inconsistent with the Charter. Until a Director of Finance is appointed pursuant to this Charter, the Executive shall provide for the performance of the powers and duties of the abolished office. All references to the Office of County Treasurer in any law, ordinance, rule, or regulation, after the abolition of said office, shall be construed to refer to the Director of Finance whenever such construction would be reasonable.
The first Redistricting Commission appointed pursuant to Section 214 of this Charter shall be appointed not later than April 1, 2013, instead of not later than April 1, 2011, as required by Section 214. All other provisions of Section 214 shall apply.
Elections by residency district, as provided by Section 204 of this Charter, shall first be conducted for: (a) District 2, District 3 and District 4 at the gubernatorial election of 2014; and (b) District 1 and District 5 at the presidential election of 2016.