Charles Co. Gov. News Briefs

Jan. 15 Indian Head Joint Land Use Study Public Forum Canceled

The Indian Head Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) public forum scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 15 at 100 Walter Thomas Road, Indian Head has been canceled. It will be rescheduled for a later date.

For more information visit or contact Project Manager Amy Blessinger, Department of Planning & Growth Management, at 301-645-0650 or

County Government Offices to Close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24, 31

Charles County Government offices will close at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 31. The Commissioners approved early closure on these dates to allow county employees time off to spend time with loved ones.

The Tri-County Animal Shelter will close at 2 p.m. on Dec. 24 and 31, and will open two hours earlier (at 10 a.m.) both days to allow time for adoptions.

The Charles County Landfill (12305 Billingsley Rd., Waldorf) will be open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Landfill and Pisgah Recycling Center (6645 Mason Springs Road, La Plata) will be open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Gilbert Run (13140 Charles Street, Charlotte Hall) and Cobb Island (15950 Cobb Island Road, Cobb Island) Recycling Centers will be open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Waldorf Senior Center is closed on Wednesday, Dec. 24 and the remaining senior centers (Clarke Senior Center, Nanjemoy Senior Center and the Indian Head Senior Center) will close at 2 p.m. On Wednesday, Dec. 31, all senior centers will close at 2 p.m.

For questions about Charles County Government holiday closures, contact the Public Information Office at 301-885-2779 or Citizens with special needs may contact the Maryland Relay Service at 711, or Relay Service TDD: 800-735-2258.

Charles County Sheriff’s Officer Dies in Motor Vehicle Crash in Virginia

Charles County Sheriff Troy D. Berry is saddened to announce the death of Patrolman First Class Jamel Clagett, 30, who died in a motor vehicle crash this morning on Route 218 in King George, Virginia. PFC Clagett was driving home after working a midnight shift when his car left the roadway and struck a tree; he died instantly. PFC Clagett, a ten-year decorated veteran of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, was assigned to Patrol Operations at the District IV Waldorf station.

“Jamel was a great policeman who cared about his community and valued his fellow workers. He was known for his kindness. In fact, his last act this morning – after working an eight hour overnight shift – was buying breakfast at a local restaurant and dropping it off to our midnight communications staff, whom he considered family,” said Sheriff Berry. “Jamel always made it a point to look out for others and to make sure everyone was happy before he went home for the day,” Sheriff Berry said.

During his tenure, PFC Clagett received letters of appreciation from citizens and was honored with awards from various agencies. In 2011, PFC Clagett was recognized by the Maryland State Highway Administration for his work in DUI prevention. In 2010, PFC Clagett received a Meritorious Service Award from the CCSO after subduing a man who was armed with a knife and attempting to injure his family. In 2004, PFC Clagett received a Governor’s Citation for outstanding efforts in crime prevention and home security.

PFC Clagett is survived by his mother, two brothers and a sister. Details regarding his funeral are forthcoming.

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