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Administrative Law Judge

Baltimore County
Office of Adm Hearing, 105 W Chesapeake Ave, Baltimore, MD 21204, United States
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Overview

The Office of Administrative Hearings serves as an independent, quasi-judicial/administrative body comprised of a Managing Administrative Law Judge and two Administrative Law Judges (ALJ) (who are also the Zoning Commissioner and Deputy Zoning Commissioner provided for under the Baltimore County Charter) who hear cases and issue decisions on a variety of matters that include, but are not limited to, zoning, land use and other related matters. The Office also conducts hearings and rules on code violations, environmental violations, and chairs police trial boards which adjudicate all matters for which a police officer is subject to discipline. Additionally, County employee grievances and other matters, which, from time to time are referred to the Office of Administrative Hearings by County Government.

The mission of the Office is to ensure the right of all persons to be treated in a fair and unbiased manner in their efforts to resolve disputes with Baltimore County in a prompt, effective and professional manner. It should be noted that the Office does not give legal advice or recommendations regarding any of the matters that come before it.

The Administrative Law Judges are appointed by the County Executive and confirmed by County Council.

Examples of Duties

Essential Functions of the Job

  • Conducts in-person and remote quasi-judicial/administrative hearings during standard business hours and on nights and weekends, and issues written findings of fact and conclusions of law in a clear and timely manner.
  • Serves as Chair on the trial board which adjudicates all matters for which a police officer is subject to discipline.  This responsibility includes ruling on motions before the trial board, and preparing the written decision of the trial board that includes the trial board’s findings, conclusions, and recommendations. 
  • Develops best operating practices in areas of the review and processing of administrative law and regulation.
  • Maintains records and composes correspondence relative to the work.
  • Evaluates and verifies employee performance through the review of completed work assignments and work techniques.
  • Identifies staffing and training needs and ensures training and developmental needs are met are obtained. 
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge of the principles and practice of various areas of law, including but not limited to zoning law, development law and land-use law and regulation.
  • Ability to navigate the Baltimore County Charter and Code, various sets of rules and regulations, and police general orders.
  • Facility with administrative law principles.
  • Knowledge of legal research procedures.  
  • Knowledge of the fundamental principles of law; knowledge of the nature and use of tools of legal study.
  • Ability to analyze and appraise facts and precedents in making administrative decisions; ability to formulate policies and procedures of a conceptual nature based on information from varied and complex sources.
  • Successfully completes required training(s) including but not limited to the Maryland Police and Training Commission and other training as required.
Qualifications

Education and Experience

  • Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited law school, in good standing with the Maryland Bar.
  • At least 4-6 years’ experience supervising attorneys, administrative law specialist, and/or administrative law judges.
Conditions of Employment

Medical Examination and Employment Background Investigation
Applicants selected for an appointment to a position in Baltimore County must successfully complete a physical examination and drug screen and an employment background investigation, including, but not limited to a criminal background, education, and fingerprint check.

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