June 26, 2019

Elrich Appointee Raymond Crowel to Serve as Director of County’s Department of Health and Human Services

County Executive Marc Elrich (L) and Director
of Health and Human Services Raymond Crowel (R)
Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich has appointed Raymond Crowel to serve as the new director for the County’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The nomination was unanimously confirmed by County Council on Tuesday, June 24.

Crowell has more than 30 years of experience leading senior level teams and partnerships in creating and managing service systems that effectively and efficiently address complex human service needs. He has extensive experience in managing the needs of vulnerable populations including children and families involved in the child welfare system youth and adults involved in the justice system as well as the immigrant and ethnically diverse communities.

Crowell served as the chief of behavioral health and crisis services with the Department of HHS for the past 10 years.

The mission of the Department of Health and Human Services is to promote and ensure the health and safety of the residents of Montgomery County and to build individual and family strength and self-sufficiency.

With more than 3,000 employees and 120 programs, HHS is the County’s largest department. The agency is responsible for public health and human services that help address the needs of Montgomery County’s most vulnerable children, adults and seniors. The department’s core services protect the community’s health, protect the health and safety of at-risk children and vulnerable adults, and address basic human needs including food, shelter and clothing.


  1. I am a retiree after 40 years of service. MY last job assignment was in the Health Department in Germantown, MD. The employees at that location are treated poorly. At least 2x per month the police had to be called due to the lack of proper security for the employees on the front line of that department. I know what it is like to be blessed out, spit on, threatened by clients, and one employee had a client waiting for her at the close of the day in the parking lot. This is the reason I retired after 40 years with the government. I hope to see changes and hope someone takes a look at what goes on in that location. Quite a few of the employees have filed grievances due to the total lack of management in that location. Just a thought to take a look and open some type of investigation into how the employees are treated.

  2. I agree, he didn’t give proper attention to any grievances because they are usually against people he favors. He’s a bad role model because he brags how sometimes you have to step on people to get where and what you want. If your not helping with housing or addictions, he doesn’t care. I think this is devastating because he is overseeing Health and Human Services! People have said they have seen him flirting with the women who run addictions program. They unfairly received many opportunities that other agency’s didn’t even know about.


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