Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz
A lifelong resident of Baltimore County, Kevin Kamenetz began his career in public service as a prosecutor in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. In 1994, he was elected to the Baltimore County Council, where he drew on his experience in the criminal justice system to support public safety, crafting an innovative shopping center camera security law, which has become a national model and has helped reduce the County’s crime rate to historic lows. In 2010, he was elected to serve as Baltimore County's twelfth County Executive.
During his 16 years on the County Council, Kevin was selected by his colleagues to serve as Council Chairman a record four times. He served as the County's Cable Franchise negotiator, bringing cable choice to Baltimore County while saving taxpayer dollars. He also enacted laws that improved the Code Enforcement process to protect neighborhoods; formed the NeighborSpace program, creating valued open space to Baltimore County’s older communities; and refined laws to preserve historic landmark structures.
In 2010, Kevin was elected Baltimore County Executive in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Tasked with navigating declining revenues while serving our County’s largest population ever, he established a three-pronged approach to governing by applying the principles of Innovation, Responsibility and Efficiency. Despite an increase in Baltimore County’s population, the Kamenetz Administration consolidated numerous offices and functions, creating — without furloughs or firings — the smallest County workforce in 25 years. Through disciplined fiscal management, the administration prioritized funding to support the County’s core tenets of public education, public safety and the rebuilding of an aging infrastructure.
Under Kevin’s leadership, Baltimore County has grown and thrived. Immediately upon his inauguration, the County took significant steps to embrace the technology era with 23 initiatives to reduce costs, increase efficiency and expand service. Property tax rates have not been raised in 25 years, and income tax rates have remained the same for the last 21 years. Baltimore County has maintained its Triple AAA bond rating — a task accomplished by just 39 counties in the nation. Since 2010, there has been significant private investment countywide, including $600 million in Towson, $600 million in Owings Mills, and $100 million in White Marsh. During Kevin’s first three years in office, Baltimore County has spent more than $400 million on school renovation and construction. The Kamenetz Administration has also worked to reduce the number of schools without air conditioning from 52 percent in 2010 to 27 percent in 2014, and to make great strides in public safety, with the most recent five-year data showing a 22 percent drop in violent crime countywide.
Kevin's efforts to reduce density and protect environmentally sensitive land and watersheds won him the coveted McHarg award by the Valleys Planning Council, helping to secure Baltimore County’s rural heritage. Kevin’s strong support of the business community earned him Person of the Year honors from the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce.
Lifelong County Resident
Born in Lochearn, where he attended Campfield Elementary School, County Executive Kamenetz graduated from the Gilman School and earned degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore School of Law. Throughout his school years, he worked in his father’s drug store in Overlea. Kevin resides in Owings Mills with his wife, Jill, and sons, Karson and Dylan.
Revised July 26, 2013