CAO Ray Barnes To Retire From Frederick County Government

He had worked for the School System for several years.



Frederick, Md (KM) A top official with Frederick County Government is retiring. Chief Administrative Officer Ray Barnes will be stepping down on January 31st. He oversees daily operations for 18 county divisions under the direction of County Executive Jan Gardner.

“I asked Ray to come out of retirement so that I could utilize his outstanding managerial skills and knowledge of county government operations. He’s done a fabulous job and will be greatly missed,” said Gardner, in a statement. “I join a lot our directors and employees in wishing him the very best in his retirement.”

Prior to his appointment with the county, Barnes worked for the School System, retiring as Chief Operating Officer on January 1st, 2017. . He began working for the county in September of that year in an acting capacity, and his position was made permanent by the County Council in March, 2018. .

Before working for the School System, Barnes spent more than a decade working for the Planning and Zoning Department in Frederick County Government.

“I would like to express my appreciation to all our directors for the outstanding job they do on a day-to-day basis serving our citizens,” Barnes said in a statement. “I also want to thank County Executive Gardner for allowing me the privilege of serving as chief administrative officer.

Budget Director Rich Harcum will take over as Acting Chief Administrative Officer on February 1st. .


By Kevin McManus


Photo Identification (from left):  Chief Administrative Officer Ray Barnes, County Executive Jan Gardner, Budget Director Rick Harcum.