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Fiscal Sustainability

With the goal of boosting community engagement and identifying budget deficiencies, the County Executive has created a new blue ribbon commission tasked with studying the County budget process.

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Johnny O and his family.

"I grew up in the shadow of a steel mill. I saw firsthand the detrimental effects the mill’s closure had on my friends and family. But like so many in Baltimore County, I didn’t give up, I went to work."

- John Olszewski, Jr.

Johnny O and his family.

"I spent 7 years teaching in the Baltimore County Public School System. I know what needs to happen to bring our children’s schools into the 21st century."

- John Olszewski, Jr.

Johnny O and his family.

"For nearly a decade I served in the state legislature working to improve education, bring jobs to Maryland, and improve the quality of life for all Marylanders."

- John Olszewski, Jr.

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  1. Commission on Fiscal Sustainability Interim Report Released

    Report identifies a lack of transparency and antiquated systems as factors that stifle innovation

    The Commission on Fiscal Sustainability, created by County Executive Johnny Olszewski on his first day in office to examine the county’s budget and budgeting practices, has released an interim report with preliminary recommendations related to transparency, financial management, and improving budget formulation practices.

    “In just over a month, the commission has identified a number of areas where Baltimore County can improve, including how it manages spending and how to more meaningfully engage constituents in the budget process,” Olszewski said. “The commission’s report makes it clear that we have inherited some antiquated systems and outdated methods. In the short term I am focused on crafting a balanced budget for Fiscal Year 2020 that is due in less than two months, but in the long term I am committed to making the changes necessary to bring Baltimore County’s budget practices into the 21st century.”

    Immediately after his inauguration on December 3, 2018, Olszewski signed an executive order to create the Commission, which he tasked with studying the County’s budget in detail and identifying deficiencies and improvements, as well as suggesting changes to significantly improve transparency and boost community engagement in the budgeting process.

    The commission’s members were named in January, and have held weekly meetings, which have been open to the public.

    “The commission’s work is an extension of County Executive Olszewski’s commitment to an open and transparent budget process,” said Don Mohler, the chair of the commission. “The interim report is the first step in our effort to provide the County Executive and County Council substantive information to be considered during the upcoming budget process.”

    The Commission on Fiscal Sustainability is one of a number of steps the Olszewski Administration has taken to address the county’s near-term fiscal challenges and long term budget needs. Other steps include a series of community town halls, one in each council district, to gather input from county residents on their priorities; plans for a county-wide performance audit to identify efficiencies in government operations; and tasking agency heads with identifying opportunities for savings, including eliminating ineffective or redundant programs, streamlining services, or other innovative ways to more efficiently spend taxpayer dollars.

    The county executive must deliver his budget proposal to the county council by April 15.

    Read the interim report here.

    The Commission will release its final report in May.

    Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:18:00 GMT
  2. Olszewski Announces Updated Town Hall Schedule

    Final budget town hall, police community town hall meeting details released 

    TOWSON, MD — In the latest effort to promote open and accessible government, County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced details for additional town hall meetings to directly engage with residents.

    As part of the ongoing national search for a new chief to lead the Baltimore County Police Department, the County is hosting Public Safety Community Forums to offer residents to provide input into the selection process.

    Community Public Safety Community Forum Details

    • East County Policing Town Hall: Tuesday, February 26, Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center Auditorium, 323 Sollers Point Road Dundalk, Maryland 21222; 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    • West County Policing Town Hall: Thursday, February 28, Milford Mill Academy, 3800 Washington Ave, Baltimore, MD 21244; 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

    In addition, residents can also send written comments to A number of comments have already been received.

    The confidentiality of all applicants will be maintained throughout the search process. A new police chief will be in place by June 2019. More information about the police chief search process is available here.

    Final Budget Town Hall Meeting Scheduled 

    Baltimore County today also announced a new date and time for the final of seven town hall meetings focused on Baltimore County’s current fiscal climate.

    The District 1 meeting co-hosted by Council Chairman Tom Quirk will be held on Wednesday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. at UMBC’s Fine Arts Recital Hall (1000 Hilltop Circle, 21250).

    The meeting was postponed last week following inclement weather.

    To date over 1200 residents have attended town hall meetings across Baltimore County.

    “We’ve seen overwhelmingly that community members want to hear from—and speak directly to—their government. I’m committed to making that reality,” said County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “We remain focused on continuing to work collaboratively with stakeholders in every community to overcome our shared challenges and build a better Baltimore County together.” 

    Thu, 21 Feb 2019 21:46:00 GMT
  3. Olszewski Appoints County Administrative Officer

    Stacy L. Rodgers becomes first African-American appointed to the position

    TOWSON, MD — County Executive Johnny Olszewski announced the appointment of Stacy L. Rodgers as the County Administrative Officer. The C.A.O. is a critical leadership position in County government, responsible for directing the County’s day-to-day operations, including overseeing the work of all County agencies. Rodgers brings with her a broad range of management experience in both the private and public sectors.

    She has more than 28 years of experience in working with federal, state, and local government agencies and non-profit organizations. Rodgers has successfully designed and implemented innovative human service programs and initiatives for municipal and state agencies. Most recently, Rodgers served as the Director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services (BCDSS), the largest of the Maryland Department of Human Services local departments serving more than 245,000 individuals and families annually. She oversaw the agency’s portfolio of programs, including adult services, child welfare services, and financial assistance programs.

    Previously, Rodgers served as the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA) during the Obama Administration. In December 2014, Rodgers became SSA’s Chief of Staff, providing oversight for day to day operations for the agency’s more than 64 thousand member staff, 1,400 field and hearing offices nationwide, and 12 billion operating budget. She has also served as the Deputy Director for Program Operations at the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency, and in a variety of roles at the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

    Rodgers is a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Leadership Institute, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators' (NFBPA) Mentor Program and Executive Leadership Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore.

    “Stacy is a proven and dynamic leader who I am excited to have join our team,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “Her vast array of skills and leadership will assist us in building a better Baltimore County.”

    Rodgers becomes second woman and first African-American to hold this position.

    She will start her new job in April.

    Thu, 21 Feb 2019 18:33:00 GMT
  4. Transition Team Issues Final Report with Key Recommendations for Baltimore County’s Future

    Charting the Course for the Next Four Years

    County Executive Johnny Olszewski’s transition team today issued its final report, with dozens of recommendations that provide a blueprint for the work of the County Executive’s administration over the next four years.

    “We have a lot of work to do to address our fiscal challenges while also advancing our shared priorities to move Baltimore County forward, and I’m grateful to our entire transition team for helping to chart the course,” Olszewski said. “Over the next four years, these recommendations will help guide our work to make county government more open and transparent, and to ensure we are providing the top notch services and programs that our residents expect and deserve.”

    The Transition Team was co-chaired by Calvin G. Butler, Jr., CEO of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, and Rachel Garbow Monroe, President and CEO of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

    “The Olszewski administration has an opportunity to bring innovation to county government and progress for county residents, and I believe our report provides strong recommendations to help guide the county executive’s work,” Butler said. “It was an honor to help lead this effort to identify solutions to some of the challenges facing the county.”

    “We had an inclusive process that brought together voices with a wide variety of expertise from around the region, and the result is a report that provides specific recommendations for how the Olszewski administration can build on the county’s strengths to expand opportunity in every community,” Garbow Monroe said. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to help lead this transition team, and I look forward to seeing the county executive and his team make these recommendations a reality.”

    The process brought together more than 100 respected thought-leaders, practitioners, community leaders and policy advocates from both the public and private sectors to participate in seven work groups and develop recommendations for making progress in key priority areas affecting all residents of Baltimore County. The seven work groups covered the broad topics of Education; Public Safety; Jobs and Economic Development; Government Reform and Innovation; Sustainability, Infrastructure and Transportation; and Health and Human Services.

    Full Report

    View the full Transition Report (PDF). 

    Key Recommendations


    • Apply an equity lens to Baltimore County Public School’s investments, policies and practices
    • Create and publish a long-term capital project plan
    • Ensure healthy student-to-teacher, as well as student-to-support-staff ratios
    • Ensure competitive pay for educators
    • Expand Community Schools and Hunger-Free Schools
    • Expand early childhood education

    Diversity, Inclusion, and Quality of Life

    • Create an Office of Diversity and Inclusion
    • Create a Commission on Volunteerism
    • Boost capacity of nonprofits and community associations
    • Raise the profile of the Small Business Resource Center 

    Government Reform and Innovation

    • Create a CountyStat performance management system
    • Direct budget reform
      • Make the County’s fiscal practices sustainable
      • Center the budget process on goals, outcomes, and tracking metrics
      • Open up the budget process to the public
    • Modernize data practices and make data more accessible
    • Engage the public and County employees

    Sustainability, Infrastructure and Transportation

    • Create an Office of Sustainability
    • Develop a 2030 Master Plan
    • Establish a climate change adaptation strategy for Baltimore County
    • Create an Office of Transportation Planning with a goal of a separate Transportation Department
    • Explore establishment of a Regional Water Authority
    • Develop a roadmap for re-invigorating the Department of Recreation and Parks

    Public Safety

    • Build community trust through better community engagement, social media, resident patrols, neighborhood watch programs, PAL Centers, bias training and multi-lingual resources
    • Strengthen regional cooperation through real-time data sharing, first responder coordination, and joint training
    • Evaluate Fire, Police, and Corrections operations; technology; and HR practices
    • Strengthen services to victims of domestic violence and elder abuse
    • Convene a task force to review, revise, and improve practices and procedures related to sexual assault investigations and prosecution of allegations of sexual assault
    • Tackle the opioid crisis with expanded use of Narcan and partnering with public health agencies and providers

    Health and Human Services

    • Create a health care blueprint in conjunction with a new Baltimore County Healthcare Commission
    • Conduct a data-driven assessment and potential restructuring of health-related County departments
    • Expand the collection of data focusing on health and service disparities
    • Appoint an Opioid Strategy Coordinator
    • Assess services for vulnerable populations, particularly older adults

    Job Creation and Economic Development

    • Establish an Economic Development Commission
      • Create an economic blueprint
      • Design an anchor strategy
    • Expand employer-driven workforce strategies
      • Explore creation of a  workforce intermediary
      • Expand Job Connector, strategies for at-risk youth and summer programs for high school students
    • Support policies that preserve quality jobs
    • Develop an Integrated Tourism and Arts strategy
    • Design an overarching strategy for neighborhood stability and revitalization
      • Restructure County departments
      • Support community development corporations
    • Take actions that leverage the County’s high-quality housing stock to ensure a diverse and sustainable housing portfolio
    Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:30:00 GMT
  5. February 20 Commission on Fiscal Sustainability Meeting Canceled

    Next Meeting Occurs February 27

    Due to expected inclement weather, the February 20 Commission on Fiscal Sustainability meeting is canceled.

    The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 27 at 9:30 a.m. at the Historic Courthouse in Towson. View the full commission schedule for more information on upcoming meetings.

    Tue, 19 Feb 2019 16:15:00 GMT
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County Executive John A. Olszewski, Jr.

A lifelong Baltimore County resident, Johnny believes in the power of public service and giving back to the community that has done so much for him. Learn More.