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NAACP to Honor County Executive Kamenetz

Kamenetz Will Receive Award for Outstanding Performance and Community Service

Towson, Maryland (October 11, 2013) - This Sunday, the Baltimore County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will honor County Executive Kevin Kamenetz for his outstanding performance in leading Baltimore County, including his achieving significant increases in diversity among the County's workforce, especially within leadership positions.

The group will present Kamenetz with this year's Outstanding Performance and Community Service Award as part of the Annual Freedom Fund Awards Banquet this Sunday, October 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Martin's West, located at 6817 Dogwood Road in Woodlawn. The awards program will take place at 3:30 p.m., honoring individuals who have made positive contributions to the African-American community.

'Tremendously Honored'

"I feel tremendously honored to be named as the recipient of the NAACP Outstanding Performance and Community Service Award for 2013," said Kamenetz.  "It is remarkable how much our society has changed for the better over these past five decades in terms of civil rights, but I believe it is up to each of us to work to ensure that everyone in our society has the same opportunities to thrive."

"It's easy to talk the talk, but County Executive Kamenetz has shown time and time again that he is committed to real action and tangible results," said Anthony S. Fugett, President of the Baltimore County Branch of the NAACP. "Between his exceptionally effective management of County government and the across-the-board increases in diversity that he has accomplished in the County workforce — especially among the leadership ranks, and in public safety — we knew we had to recognize him for his dedicated efforts."

'Increasing Diversity'

Kamenetz said, "I am committed to increasing diversity among Baltimore County government's workforce and leadership, and I am extremely proud of the progress we have made."

The minority representation in the County's past three Fire Department recruit classes has been 37 percent, 35 percent and 41 percent, and the most recent Police Department recruit classes have comprised 46 percent, 42 percent and 50 percent minority candidates. Since taking office, Kamenetz has increased the number of African-American department heads from 22 percent to 40 percent and he has focused on increasing minority participation among the County's many boards and commissions.

"We will continue to work to ensure that the face of County government reflects the fact that our population is more than 30 percent minority and growing," Kamenetz said. 

Other award recipients include Baltimore County Board of Education member Marisol Johnson who will receive the Trailblazer award, Charles Priddie who will receive the Excellence in Education award and Colonel James Pennington who will be honored with the Keeper of the Flame award.