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Discusses Shared Concerns Including the State’s Inadequate Transportation and Education Funding

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), spent time this afternoon in Upper Marlboro conferring with members of the Prince George’s County Council as part of his statewide tour to meet with local leaders and discuss MACo’s priorities and advocacy for county governments. 

Kamenetz and MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson discussed a wide range of topics with the Council members including issues of insufficient state funding for transportation and education, traffic congestion and the need to better link education priorities with economic development opportunities.  Specifically, County Council members brought up the alarming deficiencies in state Highway User Revenues provided to counties for road maintenance, the need for a better integrated transportation network to alleviate commuter congestion between Prince George’s County and Southern Maryland and the challenges of dealing with school overcrowding given the limited school construction allocations from the state.   

“I found it quite remarkable to hear the degree to which leaders in Prince George’s are confronting the exact same issues we deal with in Baltimore County as similar suburban jurisdictions,” Kamenetz said. “At the local level, it really comes down to schools, transportation and jobs, and we simply need more targeted state attention to meet these basic needs.”

In addition to comparing notes on policy and budget issues, Kamenetz and Sanderson also gave an overview of how MACo worked to protect the interests of Maryland counties in Annapolis during this year’s General Assembly session, and they promoted MACo conferences as valuable opportunities for local officials to learn from each other and share best practices.

MACo was founded in 1939, as a non-partisan organization to advocate the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as President in the history of MACo, succeeding Christian Kahl, Dale Anderson, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith. With this new term, Kamenetz also becomes the longest serving current member of MACo, first joining in 1994 as a member of the Baltimore County Council. 


Kamenetz reports that 56% of new class is minority or female

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz announced that the police recruit class that began this week continues to move the County forward toward his goal of ensuring that the police department reflects the communities it serves. Minorities or women comprise 56 percent of the class that began Monday, June 12; African Americans comprise 34 percent. Over the past six years, the County’s recruit classes have averaged more than 40% minority and nearly 30% female candidates, while continuing to attract an outstanding caliber of officers.

“In 2011, I made a commitment to the people of Baltimore County that we would increase the number of minorities and females in the Baltimore County Police Department,” said Kamenetz.  “As a result of these efforts, our communities are safer than ever because people have more confidence in the decisions that police officers make when the department reflects the diversity of the community.”

“Kevin Kamenetz is a man of his word,” said Bishop Dwayne C. Debnam, Pastor of the Morning Star Baptist Church. “From day one he said that he would diversify the Baltimore County Police Department, and he has done just that. This is what leadership looks like.”

“I am very proud of the concerted effort that the police department has put forth in an effort to diversify our ranks,” said Police Chief Terrence B. Sheridan. “These types of recruitment numbers don’t just happen, they are the result of a very strategic and focused effort by our recruit staff.”

The police department has used a number of traditional and non-traditional methods to attract minority and female candidates, including ads on radio, television and MTA busses; college recruitment, community information sessions and extensive outreach to community and faith-based organizations.

“There is no more important responsibility as County Executive than to make our communities safe and secure,” concluded County Executive Kamenetz. “We have outstanding men and women who protect us each and every day, and when the department reflects the County’s growing diversity, our officers and our citizens are safer.”


Visits are Part of Statewide Maryland Association of Counties Tour

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), traversed a large swath of Maryland yesterday in his effort to meet personally with local leaders in all 24 of the state’s major subdivisions. He attended meetings of the Commissioners of St. Mary’s County, the Board of Commissioners of Calvert County and the Frederick County Council to discuss MACo’s advocacy for Maryland counties in this year’s General Assembly session and other issues of statewide concern.

Kamenetz and MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson met with the three groups of legislators, discussing a number of topics including an overview of MACo’s positive influence in Annapolis during this year’s General Assembly session and how statewide MACo conferences and programs offer local officials a valuable opportunity to learn from each other and share best practices.

“The more that I meet with local legislators from around the state, the more it becomes clear that we are all dealing with similar challenges and constraints and that it is valuable to take the time to compare notes and find common solutions through MACo and other collaborative groups,” said Kamenetz.   

“I was pleased to welcome MACo to Frederick County,” said Frederick County Executive Jan H. Gardner. “As a past president, I’ve always enjoyed working with the organization. They do a great job of advocating for the common needs of all Maryland counties, such as funding for roads.”

MACo, founded in 1939, is a non-partisan collaborative organization that advocates for the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as President in the history of MACo, succeeding Christian Kahl, Dale Anderson, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith. With this new term, Kamenetz also becomes the longest serving current member of MACo, first joining in 1994 as a member of the Baltimore County Council. 


 
 
Revised September 26, 2016