Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz
Public Service Overview
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 served four terms. In 2010, he was elected to serve as Baltimore County’s 12th County Executive, and was reelected in 2014.
A Leader of Education
Mr. Kamenetz has shepherded the largest school construction program in the history of our state, a $1.3 billion investment building 15 new schools, 11 additions, eight major renovations, also eliminating the backlog of schools lacking central air conditioning from 90 schools to 13 this fall, and finishing thereafter. He’s also funded tablet technology for every student, a curriculum that encourages every child to graduate fluent in a second language, and opportunities to allow a student to receive both a high school diploma and an associate of arts degree tuition-free.
A Proven Crimefighter
During Kamenetz’s tenure, Baltimore County has seen crime drop to historic lows and clearance rates rising significantly above the state and national averages. County Executive Kamenetz is a statewide leader in the implementation of police body cameras and in efforts to combat sexual assault.
A Supporter of Recreation
Baltimore County has seen an increase in public recreation facilities including 33 new parks, including two new dog parks, as well as construction of a modern animal shelter with record high adoption rates.
A Job Creator
Under County Executive Kamenetz’s leadership, Baltimore County has grown and thrived. Since 2010, there has been $3 billion of private investment in the County, creating jobs and services in Owings Mills, Towson and White Marsh, and a significant investment by Tradepoint Atlantic that will bring 10,000 good paying jobs to Sparrows Point, site of the former Bethlehem Steel. The County’s unemployment rate has been cut in half during Mr. Kamenetz’s tenure.
A Fiscal Conservative
Baltimore County has maintained the highest credit rating in the country—a task accomplished by just 42 counties in the nation. At the same time, Kamenetz continues to hold the line on taxes. Baltimore County has not raised the property tax rate in 28 years nor the income tax rate in 24 years.
A Protector of the Environment and the Community
In 2010, Mr. Kamenetz’s efforts to reduce density, protect environmentally sensitive land and watersheds, and secure Baltimore County’s rural heritage won him the coveted Valleys Planning Council’s McHarg award. In 2012, he was honored as a founder of Program NeighborSpace. In 2013, Mr. Kamenetz received the Outstanding Performance and Community Service award from the Baltimore County NAACP in recognition of significant increases in diversity among County employees. Mr. Kamenetz was named “Most Distinguished Leader for Minority Businesses” in 2016 by the Maryland Washington Minority Contractors Association. He currently serves as the President of the Maryland Association of Counties, and is a past president of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, and the Board of Visitors for the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
Born in Lochearn, where he attended Campfield Elementary School, Mr. Kamenetz graduated from 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, Kaye’s Pharmacy, in Overlea. Mr. Kamenetz resides in Owings Mills with his wife, Jill, and his sons, Karson and Dylan.