COVID-19: The MSPB is fully operational although our physical offices are currently not open to the public due to COVID-19 concerns. Our staff is still working, for the most part remotely, and are available to be of service to you during our normal business hours. Please see this notice for remote filing instructions.  For hearings currently scheduled, please see  Hearing Procedures and  Remote Hearing Procedures. Please contact us at [email protected] or 240-777-6620 if you have any questions.


The mission of the Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) is to oversee the merit system and protect County government employee and job applicant rights guaranteed under the merit system law.

Current members

Barbara S. Fredericks, Chair
Sonya E. Chiles, Vice Chair & Associate Member
Treava Hopkins-Laboy, Associate Member

Composition of the Merit System Protection Board

The Merit System Protection Board is composed of three members who are appointed by the County Council, pursuant to Article 4, Section 403 of the Charter of Montgomery County, Maryland Board members are County residents and are not employed by the County in any other capacity. Each member is appointed on a staggered basis to serve a term of three years. No member can hold political office or participate in any campaign for any political or public office during the member's term of office. Members of the Board conduct work sessions and hearings during the work day and in the evenings, as required, and are compensated with a set annual salary as prescribed by law. The Board is supported with a part-time Executive Director and an Office Services Coordinator.
See Duties and Responsibilities.

File An Appeal

We encourage you to consult the links under Types of Appeals below to make sure you are aware of the appeal filing requirements for your case.

The MSPB’s office hours are Monday - Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Appeals filed outside of those hours will be considered officially filed the next MSPB business day.

Appeals Process

The Personnel Regulations provide an opportunity for Merit System employees and applicants to file written appeals with the Merit System Protection Board.  Read more!

Appeals Form

Merit System employees and applicants may now file a written appeal online through a web based form. Access it online!