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About Us

The Role of the County Manager

The County Manager is the chief administrative officer of the County. The County Manager is responsible for the direction and supervision of all County agencies and department heads.

The County Manager is also responsible for the appointment, supervision and removal of County department heads with the approval of the Talbot County Council. The County Manager must see that all County laws, as specified by the Charter and the Code, are enforced and executed.

The County Manager serves as both the Finance Officer and the Budget Officer, thus requiring that he prepare and submit an annual budget to the Council for their approval. They are required to keep the Council fully advised as to the financial condition and future needs of the County and make recommendations as they deem desirable.

The County Manager sees that communications between the public, County government agencies, and the Council, are forwarded to the appropriate parties for any necessary action. Upon appointment, the County Manager must be, or promptly become, a resident.

County Manager Clay B. Stamp

Clay B. Stamp was named Talbot County Manager on January 1, 2021, after serving as the Director of Talbot County Emergency Services and Assistant County Manager for more than 10 years where he led key advances in emergency services and assisted the County Manager supporting departments operationally as well as through strategic planning efforts.

Mr. Stamp continues to serve as the Chairman of the Maryland Emergency Medical Services Board that oversees the Statewide EMS system and is a member of the Governor's Emergency Management Advisory Council.  He also is a long-serving member of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hurricane Liaison Team.

In 2017, Mr. Stamp led efforts for Governor Larry Hogan to build a system to coordinate statewide efforts to combat the heroin and opioid crisis in Maryland.  He previously served under Governor Robert Ehrlich as deputy director of the Maryland EMS system and a member of his senior homeland security group.

Between his work at the local, state, and federal levels of government, Mr. Stamp has extensive experience working in disasters including the World Trade Center attacks, Hurricane Katrina, and the civil unrest in Baltimore.

He began his career in Ocean City as a paramedic firefighter, becoming the city's first emergency management director and eventually the director of Emergency Services where he shepherded the development of many cutting-edge services.  Mr. Stamp currently resides in Easton, Maryland with his wife Lisa.

Our Team

County Manager
Clay B. Stamp
Phone: 410-770-8010


Assistant County Manager
Jessica Morris
Phone: 410-770-8010

Clerk to County Council
Susan Moran
Phone: 410-770-8010

Secretary to County Council and County Manager
Karen Roberts
Phone: 410-770-8010

Grants Administrator
Mary Kay Verdery
Phone: 410-770-8002

Communications Manager
Sarah Kilmon
Phone: 410-770-8009

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