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Public Information Act Requests

The Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) ensures that citizens have access to information about the affairs of government and the official acts of public officials and employees. The MPIA provides that a “custodian” of a record shall allow a person to inspect any public record at any reasonable time.

The law provides for a number of reasons why the custodian must or may deny a public record, contains provisions for fees that may be charged to a person requesting a public record and states the time within which the custodian must provide the public records. In accordance with the law, Baltimore County has adopted PIA regulations (PDF).

How to Make a PIA Request

  1. Step 1: Gather the Items Needed for Your Request

    Provide a timeframe and specify what is being requested. Remember to be as detailed as possible and to reference the PIA regulations (PDF).

  2. Step 2: Identify the Appropriate Department

    The County Attorney should only receive PIA requests for the County Executive and Administration and the Office of Law. Please identify the appropriate Department by reviewing the list included below. The PIA request should be sent to the department responsible for the program or services identified in the request.

    In this example, the request is for records related to Stormwater Management (SWM), making Environmental Protection and Sustainability the most appropriate department for the request.

    "I would like to request information for the records of all of the storm water plans, storm water capacity, maintenance records, and if any water monitoring studies have been implemented since the last floods of May 2018 or prior to May 2018?"

  3. Step 3: Review Your Request

    Including the required information within your request is vital. Prior to emailing or mailing your request to the appropriate department listed below, ensure that you have completed steps one and two.

Departments and Custodian Information

Using the list below, identify the appropriate department and custodian for the PIA request. 

DepartmentContact Information

911 Communications Center

Tammy Price, Chief

County Courts Building
401 Bosley Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-307-2000
Email: 911records@baltimorecountymd.gov

Aging

Laura Riley, Director

611 Central Avenue, Room 303
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-887-2109
Email: lriley@baltimorecountymd.gov

Budget and Finance

Ed Blades, Director

Historic Courthouse
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-887-3313
Email: eblades@baltimorecountymd.gov

Corrections

Whitney Evans, Personnel Manager

Baltimore County Detention Center
720 Bosley Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-512-3417
Email: wmevans@baltimorecountymd.gov

County Council

Thomas H. Bostwick, Legislative Counsel/Secretary

Historic Courthouse
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-887-3196
Email: tbostwick@baltimorecountymd.gov

County Executive and Administration

James R. Benjamin Jr., County Attorney

Historic Courthouse
400 Washington Avenue, Suite 219
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-887-4420
Email: jrbenjamin@baltimorecountymd.gov

Economic and Workforce Development

Leonard J. Howie, Director

Historic Courthouse
400 Washington Avenue, Suite 100
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-887-8000
Email: dewdpia@baltimorecountymd.gov 

Elections

Katie A. Brown, Director

11112 Gilroy Road, Suite 104
Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031

Phone: 410-887-0902
Email: kabrown@baltimorecountymd.gov

Environmental Protection and Sustainability

David V. Lykens, Director

County Office Building
111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 319
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-887-8028
Email: dlykens@baltimorecountymd.gov

Fire

Joanne R. Rund, Fire Chief

Public Safety Building
700 Joppa Road, Suite 401
Towson, Maryland 21286

Phone: 410-887-2071
Email: fire-records@baltimorecountymd.gov

Health and Human Services

Elyn Garrett-Jones, Public Information Officer

Drumcastle Government Center
6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212

Phone: 410-887-3072
Email: egarrettjones@baltimorecountymd.gov

Human Resources

Julie Guilbault, Deputy Director

308 Allegheny Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-887-3122
Email: jguilbault@baltimorecountymd.gov

Information Technology

Pam Platt, Deputy Director

Historic Courthouse
400 Washington Avenue, Room 33
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-887-2441
Email: oitpiareq@baltimorecountymd.gov

Office of the Inspector General

Kelly Madigan, Executive Director

Historic Courthouse
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-887-6500
Email: kmadigan@baltimorecountymd.gov

Law

James R. Benjamin Jr., County Attorney

Historic Courthouse
400 Washington Avenue, Room 219
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-887-4420
Email: jrbenjamin@baltimorecountymd.gov

People's Counsel

Peter Max Zimmerman, People's Counsel

Jefferson Building
105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 204
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-887-2188
Email: peoplescounsel@baltimorecountymd.gov

Permits, Approvals and Inspections

Marissa Merrick, Assistant County Attorney

County Office Building
111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 105
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-887-3353
Email: mmerrick@baltimorecountymd.gov

Planning

Stephen Lafferty, Director

Jefferson Building
105 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 101
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-887-3211
Email: cpgutwald@baltimorecountymd.gov

Police—Media Inquiries

Miriam Levy

Public Safety Building
700 Joppa Road
Towson, Maryland 21286

Phone: 410-887-2210
Email: policepia@baltimorecountymd.gov

Police—Non-Media Inquiries

Melissa Garrett

Public Safety Building
700 Joppa Road
Towson, Maryland 21286

Phone: 410-887-2211
Email: mjgarrett@baltimorecountymd.gov

Public Library

James C. Cooke, Assistant Director, Support Services

320 York Road
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-887-6122
Email: jccooke@bcpl.net

Public Works

D'Andrea L. Walker, Acting Director

County Office Building
111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Suite 307
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-887-3300
Email: dwalker2@baltimorecountymd.gov

Recreation and Parks

Lisa Winters, Executive Secretary

9831 Van Buren Lane
Cockeysville, Maryland 21030

Phone: 410-887-3810
Email: lwinters@baltimorecountymd.gov

Revenue Authority

Ken Mills, Executive Director

115 Towsontown Boulevard
Towson, Maryland 21286

Phone: 410-887-3127
Email: kmills@bcramd.com

Sheriff

Lieutenant Ruby Hernandez

County Courts Building
401 Bosley Avenue, Ground Floor
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-887-3151 
Email: rhernandez@baltimorecountymd.gov

State's Attorney

John Cox, Deputy State's Attorney

County Courts Building
401 Bosley Avenue, Room 511
Towson, Maryland 21204

Phone: 410-887-6660
Email: jcox@baltimorecountymd.gov

Contact

Office of Law

Historic Courthouse
400 Washington Avenue
Towson, Maryland, 21204

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County Attorney:

James R. Benjamin Jr.

 
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