The Mayor and City Council regularly meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7pm in the Council chamber on the first floor of City Hall at 1838 Emerald Hill Lane. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Additional information may be obtained from the City Clerk at 410-848-9000. Copies of the agenda for upcoming meetings are available on the Friday preceding each scheduled meeting. Citizens' comments are solicited at each meeting.
Elected Officials - The Mayor and Common Council are the elected officials who determine City policy and direction. They meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month and schedule special meetings and public hearings when necessary. The Mayor and Common Council enact City ordinance and resolutions and adopt the annual budget for the City. Standing Council Committees include Finance and Personnel; Economic Development and Community Affairs; Public Works; and Public Safety.
City Adminstrator - The City Administrator provides staff support to the Mayor and Common Council, prepares the agenda and background information for regular and Special Council meetings...
City Attorney - The City Attorney is responsible for providing legal counsel to the Mayor and Common Council, City officers, City department heads and City staff.
City Charter - Westminster City Code
Commissions & Boards - Westminster Board of Zoning Appeals, The Westminster Historic District Commission, Westminster Planning and Zoning Commission, Westminster Tree Commission
Code Enforcement – The Code Enforcement Officer enforces the sections of the City Code addressing Property Maintenance and Housing, solid waste, sidewalks and other issues regarding residential and commercial properties within the City.
Community Development - The Office of Community Development is responsible for securing funds for reinvestment in the City's older neighborhoods. Staff prepare grant applications to obtain Federal and State funds to complete projects. Fund sources include Community Development Block Grants, Community Legacy, Special Loans for single-family homes, Maple Street and related funds.
Economic Development - The Office of Economic Development is responsible for the coordination of Economic Development efforts as they relate to the revitalization of Downtown Westminster, staff liaison to the Greater Westminster Development Corporation and the Executive Director of the Westminster Town Center Corporation.
Finance - The Department of Finance is responsible for all financial and accounting activities in the City of Westminster. Many of these activities are prescribed by the City Code to specify the administration of the Department, collection of revenues, and the proper disbursement of funds to meet approved expenditures. In addition, these activities are further guided by sound financial and accounting business practices to meet the needs of the community. Adherence to Maryland Laws, the City Code, and Ordinances is inviolate.
Housing - The Office of Housing Services is the Public Housing Agency (PHA) for the HUD Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. The PHA is allocated 289 vouchers for rent subsidies, and a grant of $1,866,761 for subsidy payments for the fiscal year. The PHA also receives an Administrative Grant of approximately $165,000, based on the average unit months leased. The PHA also applied for and was awarded a Family Self Sufficiency Grant of $42,840 for reimbursement of the expenses associated with staffing a full time Coordinator. Use of these funds provides housing assistance for 600+ citizens of Westminster, in addition to providing home ownership opportunities for several qualified recipients.
The Director of Administrative Services serves as the Executive Director of the PHA. In addition to the Executive Director, the Program is managed by the Program Supervisor, and is staffed with a FSS Coordinator, two Housing Specialists, and a Housing Inspector. The Program Supervisor and Housing Specialists are certified in one or more disciplines of HUD housing program management and operations. The Inspector is a certified housing and property maintenance inspector.
Human Resources - The Human Resources Department provides support to City administration, supervisors, and employees by developing and maintaining personnel and risk management policies and programs. The staff is committed to efficient service, employee health and safety, fair and equitable employment practices, and equal employment opportunity.
Planning - The Department of Planning, Zoning, and Development is responsible for overseeing all physical development in Westminster. The department is divided into five functional areas: planning, zoning, economic development, community development, and code enforcement. Work is coordinated between these various functions so local citizens, government agencies, contractors, and others receive professional service delivered in a fair, consistent and efficient manner.
Police - The Westminster Police Department is a full-service municipal police agency that provides community-oriented law enforcement services to the City of Westminster. The Department, was established in 1850 when the first "City Bailiff" was hired by the "City Burgess and Commissioners" to keep order in the business district, has grown into what is now a progressive police department employing 45 sworn police officers and 14 civilian employees.
Public Works - encompasses five major areas: Engineering, Street Maintenance, Utility Maintenance, Water Treatment, and Waste Water Treatment. Area addressed are complaints/conflict resolution, coordination and cooperation with other agencies, technical expertise, and engineering expertise.
Recreation & Parks - Westminster City Department of Recreation and Parks is dedicated to providing citizens with safe and enjoyable activities events and park services. The department is committed to organizing and promoting a variety of recreational activities and events designed to encourage family interaction and personal enjoyment. We also partner with a number of community organizations in an effort to promote the health and well being of our local citizens.
The city has 14 parks totaling 50 miles. Nine parks have play equipment for Pre- K and school age children. Other resources in the parks include four multi- purpose fields, four basketball courts, seven tennis courts, climbing boulders, six pavilions, two plazas, and a skate park. The city also has a walking trail that runs from Uniontown Road to Long Valley Road. The trail is approximately two miles long.
The Family Fitness Center is a full service health and wellness center for all ages. It features selectorized and free weight equipment, cardiovascular center, group fitness classes, child supervision, game room, and locker rooms open 7 days a week. Memberships and daily guest fees are available.
Zoning - The Department of Planning, Zoning, and Development is responsible for overseeing all physical development in Westminster. The department is divided into five functional areas: planning, zoning, economic development, community development, and code enforcement. Work is coordinated between these various functions so local citizens, government agencies, contractors, and others receive professional service delivered in a fair, consistent and efficient manner.