Purpose, Composition, and Appointment of Members of the Board of Well Drillers


  1. Issue and renew licenses to applicants who meet the requirements of the licensing law and regulations;
  2. Prepare and revise licensing regulations and Board policies and guidelines; and,
  3. Investigate allegations of misconduct by license holders and to take enforcement action against a license holder who is found to have violated the provisions of the licensing law and regulation.  The enforcement action that could be taken includes issuing a written reprimand, or suspending or revoking that individual's license.

Composition and Appointment of Members

The Board consists of 7 members who are appointed by the Governor with the advice of the Secretary of MDE and the advice and consent of the Maryland State Senate.  Of the seven Board members:
  1. One shall be from the Department of the Environment;
  2. One shall be from the Department of Natural Resources;
  3. One shall be public member; and
  4. Four shall be licensed master well drillers who are actively practicing well drilling at the time of appointment and shall include:
    1. One from Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, or Worcester County;
    2. One from Baltimore City or Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard, or Montgomery County;
    3. One from Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's, or St. Mary's County; and
    4. One from Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, or Washington County
Members serve two-year terms.  At the end of a term, a member appointed by the Governor continues to serve until a successor is appointed and qualifies.  A member appointed to fill out the term of another member serves only for the rest of the term and until a successor is appointed and qualifies. 

Curent Commission Membership

Slot Appointee  Term Begin  Term End  Appointed
Public (Chariman)
Hahns S. Hairston
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)
Robert A. Peoples
Department of Naural Resorces (DNR)
Heather A. Quinn
Well Driller—Eastern MD Michael T. Hall 7/1/2018 06/30/2020 07/01/2018
Well Driller—Western MD David M. Kelly 7/1/2018 06/30/2020 08/06/2018
Well Driller—Southern MD David (Brad) Hartman 7/1/2018 06/30/2020 08/06/2018
Well Driller—Western MD Larry Dale Brenneman (Vice-Chariman) 7/1/2018 06/30/2020 08/06/2018

Contact Information

For more information please contact 410-537-4162 or well.board_MDE@maryland.gov .

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