Public Affairs & Community Relations Section

The Communications & Public Engagement Office
The Communications and Public Engagement Office (CPEO) advances the overall mission of the department through public outreach, special events, community meetings, media facilitation and publications/graphic development.

Newsletter
The CPEO Team is responsible for producing a monthly newsletter highlighting the department's initiatives and services, a collection of environmental and sustainable guidelines for you to use daily called Tuesday Tip and various other brochures, informational packets, public notices and post cards.

Cemeteries
The team also investigates complaints related to cemeteries to ensure they are run in compliance with code requirements governing perpetual care. Field visits are performed to at least 2 randomly selected county cemeteries annually.

Letters, questions or any concerns addressed to the Director about the department are also handled through this office.

Community Engagement/Partnerships
If you would like to invite a DoE staff member to speak at your community, HOA or special event and for meeting inquiries or presentations, please email Everette Bradford, Citizen Services Specialist, or call 301-883-5985 to schedule a date and time.

Subscribe to DoE Communications
To receive DoE communications on a regular basis, you are invited to subscribe to our distribution list by emailing your request to Lauren Kinard, Public Information Specialist. In the subject line of the email, write "Subscribe" and provide your name, organization (if applicable), preferred email to receive communication and phone number in the body of the message. You can also subscribe by clicking on the tab "Contact Us" located at the top of this page.

Media Interviews
To interview or to contact one of our skilled staff members for a news story or feature, please contact the CPEO at 301-883-5952 or via email.

Graphic Designs
If you are seeking permission to use any of DoE's logos or graphic designs, please email Kenan Langston.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)/Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA) Requests
If you would like to request information for the Department of the Environment under the FOIA or MPIA, please provide the request in writing and mail/email to Barbara Cissel. For all other agency/department FOIA or MPIA requests, please email Bridgette Greer, Office of Law.

The Policy & Legislative Affairs Section
The Policy and Legislative Affairs Section (PLAS), manages a variety of administrative office management functions for the entire agency. PLAS prepares, tracks and responds to the legislative agenda set forth by the agency, county, and state. This section is also responsible for updating and formulating internal policies that impact the operations of the agency. For more information, email Angela Angel.

As part of the Policy and Legislative Affairs Section, the Office of Boards and Commissions has oversight for the Commission for Animal Control (CAC). The Office of Boards and Commissions processes the following items for review by CAC:
  • Return of animals impounded by the Animal Management Division (AMD)
  • Requests to appeal citations received from AMD, such as Animal nuisance complaints (excessive barking, running at large, odor, etc)
  • Hearing Requests (must be submitted in writing)
CAC Hearings are held the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 1801 McCormick Drive, Suite 500 in Largo, Maryland 20774. For more information, call 301-883-5875.

Inquiries on stray animals, animal cruelty, Pit bull sightings, wildlife, dead animals, farm animals or livestock, and dog bites should be directed to AMD at 301-780-7200.