Charles County, Maryland

La Plata Office (Facilities)

La Plata Office (Facilities)

Terri Kahouk
Assistant Director of Public Works



The Department of Public Works provides front line services to the citizens of Charles County through the road system, solid waste services, environmental and recycling programs, as well as providing construction, renovation and maintenance of County and other governmental agency facilities. In addition, Capital Services provides professional project management services during the development and implementation of public infrastructure Capital Improvement Projects within Charles County.

The Administration Division manages and coordinates all DPW/Facilities operations, including personnel management of 180 full time employees and 60 part time employees, as well as fiscal management of over $33,000,000 in operating budgets and approximately $75,000,000 capital improvement projects.  In addition, Inventory Control provides procurement and distribution of stocked inventory valued at over $1,200,000 and manages the County’s computerized fleet analysis and fuel management system.

Inventory Control
Inventory Control provides procurement and distribution of stocked inventory valued at over $1,200,000 and manages the County’s computerized fleet analysis and fuel management system.

Vehicle Maintenance
Vehicle Maintenance provides maintenance and repair of over 1,000 tagged and non-tagged vehicles and equipment, including auto body work and repair. Provides professional preventative maintenance and repairs for all County vehicles and equipment, tracks costs and repair histories, fuel usage, and makes replacement recommendations.


Buildings & Trades
John Earle, Chief
(301) 932-3490

Our Buildings & Trades Division is responsible for the efficient operation and maintenance of 160 County facilities, covering over one million square feet. This division also performs a significant amount of capital improvement projects, including new construction and renovation of existing facilities.


Parks & Grounds
Gregory Kernan, Chief
(301) 932-3470
The Parks & Grounds Division is responsible for the operation and maintenance of 30 parks, grounds maintenance of over 140 building and utility sites, as well as the management and coordination of outdoor sports programs. This office also manages a significant number of capital improvement projects including the acquisition and development of new park facilities.


Stephen Staples, Chief
(301) 932-3450
The Roads Division performs repair and maintenance for over 1,800 lane miles of County roadways. This includes resurfacing, deep patching, tree trimming, mowing, culvert and shoulder maintenance, traffic safety, as well as snow removal and emergency response to other weather related activity.


Environmental Resources
Dennis Fleming, Chief
(301) 932-3599

The Environmental Resources Division manages the operation of the Charles County Sanitary Landfill, which receives in excess of 80,000 tons of refuse and over 110,000 patrons per year. This division administers a comprehensive Recycling program which has achieved a 43% recycling rate through curbside collection of recyclable materials, recycling centers located throughout the county, and an aggressive Environmental Education campaign. Various Litter Control programs are maintained to aid in keeping Charles County clean, such as roadside litter crews, the annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup, and the volunteer Adopt-A-Road Program. Household Hazardous Waste Collection is also provided to insure the safe disposal of toxic chemicals.