Interim County Administrator’s Office

Kirk C. Downey was appointed as Interim County Administrator in November 2019. During this interim assignment, he will continue to serve as the County Attorney, a position he was appointed to in December of 2018. Downey joined Washington County Government as part-time Assistant County Attorney in October of 2004. In August of 2005, Downey became full-time Assistant County Attorney. In 2012, Downey was promoted to serve Washington County as Deputy County Attorney.

As a lifelong resident of Washington County, Downey earned a Bachelor’s degree cum laude in 1994 from Duke University. Through further education, Downey received a Juris Doctor in 1997 from the University of Richmond School of Law.

In 1997, Downey was admitted to the Maryland Bar. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S District Court for the District of Maryland; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court. Downey is a member of the American, Maryland, and Washington County Bar Associations and is Treasurer of the Washington County Bar Association.


To provide each citizen and business in and interested in Washington County with the very best opportunity to access and utilize County services with a proud and capable staff motivated to serve people; to stimulate transparent and effective collaboration with business and organizational leaders and elected officials for the benefit of Washington County in accordance with local law, ordinance and policy.


To be the local government of choice in our region and market size supporting and providing Public Safety, Education, Infrastructure, Economic Development and Human Services with diligence, pride, and partnership.

County Administrator FY2020 Goals
County Administrator FY2019 Accomplishments