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Inside Your County Government is a podcast that brings you an inside look at the people and events in and around county government that shape your Charles County.
57 Episodes
We talk with Monique Owens, Mental Health Advocate with NAMI Maryland about mental health and things you can do to promote good mental health during a pandemic and through the holidays.  NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.NAMI Maryland: www.NAMIMD.orgCall 800-950-6264 or text NAMI to 741741
We talk with Dr. Dianna E. Abney, Health Officer for the Charles County Department of Health about how to enjoy the holidays during the COVID pandemic. On Tuesday, November 17, the Board of Commissioners adopted Governor Hogan’s recent executive orders, which returns the state of Maryland to Stage Two of the Roadmap to Recovery and limits capacity to 50% at all retail stores, religious institutions, fitness centers and other public places.  Dine-in service at bars, restaurants and other establishments must close at 10 p.m. and cannot reopen until 6AM. Additionally, hospital visitation is prohibited with limited exceptions and indoor nursing home visitors must have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours in advance of a scheduled visit. The restrictions will become effective on Friday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. COVID-19 cases are rapidly rising, both locally and statewide. Residents are encouraged to stay home during the holiday season to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Those who have recently participated in large gatherings or traveled outside the region should consider getting tested for COVID-19. Charles County offers many convenient ways to get tested, including a drive-thru testing site on Tuesdays at Regency Furniture Stadium, and testing at several local pharmacies. For more information about testing location, visit Now let’s take a closer look at what our Charles County Public Health Officer, Dr. Diana E. Abney, is sharing about the latest developments regarding COVID-19and provides us with insights on how to make our holiday traditions work around COVID and what best practices are to minimize our risk for exposure. Remember, it's all about us and what we do that will keep exposures down: use a mask, maintain your distance, and wash your hands.
There have been several rat sightings in the Waldorf area.  In this episode we go inside nuisance abatement to hear what is being done and what you can do to discourage rats from becoming a nuisance.   We talk with Lisa Laschalt, Director of Environmental Health, Charles County Department of Health and Jarington Bazemore, Inspection Supervisor Nuisance and Zoning Ordnances, Planning and Growth Management Charles County Government.   For more information:Planning and Growth Management (link TBD)Click here to report a nuisance. Charles County Department of Health, Environment Health
There is a lot that goes into our Department of Community Services' Housing Program.  In this second episode with the Housing Program, we talk with Jim Smith, Inspector Supervisor, about the inspection process, the need for inspections for both the tenant and the home owner, and how this plays a critical role in the success of the program. Jim Smith can be reached at 301-934-0122 or   
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we're talking with Erica Rosa, a Outreach Specialist for the Center for Abused Persons (CAP).  24/7 Support and Information301-645-3336More Information at:Center for Abused Persons, Charles County
Jeremy Dautenhahn, the housing program supervisor with the Charles County Housing Authority through the Department of Community Services, joins us to talk about the Housing Choice Voucher Lottery Program.  This is the first time in Charles County the Housing Choice Voucher Program is using a lottery format.  The list had been closed down in 2012 after remaining open for decades.   We talk about the program, how the lottery works, and the success that the program has had over the years.
Event is for distribution only. Social distancing is required.We talk with Commissioner Amanda Stewart about her sixth Annual Back to School Fiesta and how this year's will be different.  Registration is required.  For more information visit Back to School Fiesta  Event held rain or shine:Saturday, Aug. 15, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.Regency Furniture Stadium parking lot11765 St. Linus Dr., Waldorf, MD 20602The backpack giveaway is open to Charles County children in grades Pre-K through 12. Registration is required. The first 250 registrations will receive a backpack. We are also holding a unique drawing for Charles County teachers, and a separate drawing for our students entering college. #BackToSchoolFiesta 
We talk with Michelle Lilly, Director of Emergency Services, about what nuisance and urban flooding are and the departments efforts to develop the County's Nuisance Flood Plan.  To participate in the comments and include a location in the County you see flood, please visit the Map Your Flooding Survey website or email  For more information on the flood plan, visit the Nuisance and Urban Flooding Storymap webpage. 
In this episode we talk about the 2020 Census and how Charles County is responding. Our guests include: Census Bureau representatives Julius Maina, Partnership Coordinator for the State of Maryland, and Lee Osberry, Jr., Partnership Specialist for Southern Maryland, as well as Amy Blessinger, Planner III, Charles County Government Planning Division. To take your Census, and for more information, visit:2020Census.govAnd for more podcasts, visit
County health and emergency services officials are planning together on the potential spread of the coronavirus. Learn more about our local efforts to manage the response, and tips on how you can help to prevent the spread of the virus. This situation is evolving daily, and we recommend visiting for the latest information.
Census 2020

Census 2020


The 2020 Census is underway, and every response counts! A postcard should be landing in your mailbox in March, and it’s very important that you participate so we have an accurate count in Charles County. Census results help determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated each year, which affects services like health clinics, schools, roads, and public safety. Today’s interview features guest Lee Osberry, a partnership specialist representing the U.S. Census in southern Maryland, and Amy Blessinger, a planner who is leading Charles County’s Complete Count Committee here locally.Lee Osberry's - lee.a.osberry@2020census.govAmy Blessinger - BlessingA@charlescountymd.govCensus 2020
Learn more about how Charles County is working to adapt to a changing climate and build capacity for better decision making through resiliency planning and financing, as well as workshops to certify climate change professionals. This second podcast, of a two part series, features interviews with Secretary Ben Grumbles, Maryland Department of the Environment; Nancy Kopp, Maryland State Treasurer; Mark Belton, County Administrator for Charles County Government; Beth Groth, Planner for Charles County Government; Senior Fellows from the University of Maryland Center for Global Sustainability Joanne Throwe, President Throwe Environmental, and Dan Nees.  You will also hear from Dan Kreeger, Executive Director and co-founder of the Association of Climate Change Officers.Follow the link for the first part of this series, Climate: Change and Mitigation
UPDATED: December 17, 2019Learn more about how Charles County is working to mitigate and adapt to a changing climate. The first podcast in this series features guests: Governor Larry Hogan, Secretary Ben Grumbles, Maryland Department of the Environment, Dr. Peter Goodwin, President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science; Charles County Government Administrator Mark Belton, Chief of Charles County's Capital Services Division, John Stevens, Chief of Environmental Resources, Frances Sherman, Planner Beth Groth and Engineer Jamila Gallman from Charles County's Department of Planning and Growth Management.Stay tuned for the second podcast which will feature additional interviews with Secretary Ben Grumbles, Maryland Department of the Environment, as well as Nancy Kopp, Maryland State Treasurer. You will also hear from Charles County officials and departments on how our county is building capacity for better decision making and leading local government efforts in climate resiliency planning. The second podcast in the series is expected to be available in January 2020.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Join Commissioner Thomasina Coates (District 2) as she discusses Breast Cancer awareness with guest Cynthia Simmons, Senior Center Coordinator with the Department of Community Services and Carrie from Sisters at Heart.    
County Commissioner Gilbert Bowling (District 1) is our special guest host in this episode about farming and agriculture in Charles County. Guests include Kellie Hinkle, Chief of Tourism for Charles County Government and Kelly Phipps, Market Manager for the La Plata Farmers Market.   www.ExploreCharlesCounty.comSouthern Maryland Farmers Market Guide
In this episode, special guest host Thomasina Coates talks economic development in Indian Head and Bryans Road with Indian Head Mayor Brandon Paulin, Charles County Economic Development Department, Redevelopment Manager, Taylor Yewell, and College of Southern Maryland's Vice President of Advocacy and Community Engagement, Michelle Goodwin.
Mallows Bay

Mallows Bay


Have you explored the newly designated national marine sanctuary of MALLOWS BAY, the largest ship graveyard in the Western hemisphere? If you have not had an opportunity to paddle through the decaying skeletons of more than 100 abandoned steamships and vessels that poke eerily from below the surface, then sit back and listen to our latest podcast about the Mallows Bay Park. Guests include Charles County Commissioner President Reuben B. Collins; District 2 Commissioner Thomasina O. Coates; County Government Administrator Mark Belton; as well as very special guests Paul 'Sammy' Orlando (NOAA), Dr. Susan Langley (Maryland State Underwater Archaeologist), and Joel Dunn (President and CEO of the Chesapeake Conservancy).Learn more at:
There's a lot happening with public transportation in Charles County. Chief of Transportation, Jeff Barnett joins us to talk about upgrades and enhancements to VanGO. Learn more at  To find a route visit our site to get the app.
Commissioners President Reuben Collins discusses justice reform with guests Delegate Debra Davis, District Public Defender, Michael Beach, and Pastor John Lewis.
In this episode, special guest host Commissioner Amanda Stewart talks with Superintended of Public Schools, Dr. Kim Hill, about going back to school for the 2019-20 school year.Charles County Public SchoolsThe Twitter account mentioned for Billingsley Elementary School.  @Billingsley_ES
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