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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. Olszewski Names Director of Budget and Finance

    Veteran Deputy Nominated as Permanent Director

    County Executive Johnny Olszewski today nominated Edward Blades to serve as the Director of Budget and Finance, a critical position that oversees formulation of the County budget and manages the County’s finances.

    Blades has served as Deputy Director of Budget and Finance since 2012, and has served in the County’s Office of Budget and Finance since 1996. In his role as Deputy Director, he has played a critical role in developing and managing the County’s operating and capital budgets, and he has supervised a talented team of budget analysts. He has implemented various budget and financial software system upgrades and developed reporting structures to generate efficiencies in data collection and analysis.

    “Ed is a dedicated public servant who brings to this position years of relevant experience and a wealth of institutional knowledge,” Olszewski said. “He knows County government inside and out, and has been invaluable over the last few months as we managed a challenging budget season and addressed a structural deficit.”

    In his role as Director of Budget and Finance, Blades will be charged with managing the annual operating and capital budget formulation process, as well as overseeing:

    • 911 Communications Center
    • Accounting
    • Insurance Administration
    • Investment and Debt Management
    • Payroll
    • Property Management
    • Purchasing
    • Retirement
    • Taxpayer Services
    • Vehicle Operations and Maintenance

    In his new role, Blades will also oversee efforts to increase transparency into the County budget. Earlier this month, the County unveiled an Open Budget platform, providing more transparency into how the County spends taxpayer dollars.

    Blades has been serving as acting director of Budget and Finance following the retirement of his predecessor, Keith Dorsey, who served with the County for 35 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix.

    Mon, 24 Jun 2019 17:49:00 GMT
  2. Olszewski Shares Underwater and Bird’s Eye Views of Water Quality Science

    Short Documentary Highlights How Individuals Impact Aquatic Environments

    County Executive Johnny Olszewski donned rubber knee boots and waded into Deep Run at Meadowood Park with County natural resource specialists to give the public a rare glimpse of what lies below the water, and what it reveals about the health of this Lutherville-area stream.

    His adventure is captured in a short documentary entitled “Watershed Moments—Keepers of the Stream.” The six-minute video features beautiful underwater and aerial drone footage of local streams and an engaging overview of the County’s water quality monitoring techniques. It presents practical commentary on how all of our actions on land affect the delicate balance of life in our waterways.

    “It’s fascinating how our environmental scientists sample and identify tiny aquatic creatures to determine the levels of pollutants in our streams and use this data to drive targeted watershed restoration and outreach,” Olszewski said.

    Ways to Watch

    Learn more about the video and other County environmental news. View and share the video on FacebookTwitter and Youtube

    Thu, 20 Jun 2019 14:33:00 GMT
  3. Baltimore City and County to Initiate Review of Water Delivery System

    Modernizing System Management to Improve Customer Service 

    Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski and Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young announced today that the City and County will jointly initiate a comprehensive review of the business processes that govern the water delivery system that serves both jurisdictions.

    Residents of both jurisdictions receive water through a system managed by the Baltimore City Department of Public Works under an agreement that dates back to 1972. In addition, an agreement reached in 1974 governs the shared sewer system. Baltimore City bills all customers for water use. Each jurisdiction bills its own residents for sewer charges and other related charges.

    Given the age of the agreements, officials in both jurisdictions agree there is a need to evaluate their efficacy and determine whether changes are needed to modernize system management in order to improve customer service.

    “Mayor Young and I are committed to providing residents with the best and most efficient service possible and this joint review will allow us to determine how we can modernize our water delivery system,” Olszewski said. “This is just one of many ways that we hope to work with the City in the years to come to improve the quality of life across the region.”

    “As Mayor, I am committed to excellent customer service for every customer that relies on our water system,” said Mayor Young. “County Executive Olszewski and I both agree that this essential review will evaluate and determine what is working well and demonstrate where we need to focus our improvements. We look forward to a continued and productive partnership with the County.”

    For Accounts Affected by the Ransomware Attack

    In addition, the City and County are sending letters to approximately 14,000 County residents regarding the sewer charges that will appear on their 2019 property tax bills. Water consumption data from Baltimore City is one of the factors that the County uses to compute the Metro charges included in tax bills, but the recent ransomware attack in the City has affected computer systems that the County relies upon to obtain information needed to validate the Metropolitan District sewer charge.  Because of the ransomware attack, the County has been unable to validate a small percentage of accounts.

    Residents whose accounts are affected will receive a letter. Those residents are encouraged to review their 2018 water bills and contact the Baltimore County Metropolitan District Financing and Petitions office with questions. 

    Mon, 17 Jun 2019 20:19:00 GMT
  4. County Executive Olszewski Announces Free Concert Featuring Baltimore Symphony Musicians

    Baltimore County Presents An Independence Day Extravaganza on July 3 at Oregon Ridge Park

    Through a joint effort between the Baltimore Symphony Musicians, the Baltimore County Office of the County Executive and the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, Baltimore County will host an Independence Day Extravaganza, featuring symphonic music and fireworks at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3 at Oregon Ridge Park.

    Despite the previously announced cancellation of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s (BSO) summer season, the concert will proceed as scheduled, but will be offered as a free event to attendees.

    “This event is important to Baltimore County and my administration was committed to making sure residents still have the opportunity to celebrate July 4 at Oregon Ridge,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. “I’m excited and thankful to the Baltimore Symphony Musicians for their willingness to participate in this year’s event despite the current challenges.” 

    About the Program

    A portion of the event will be funded using money that had been allocated as grant funds for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The full symphonic program will be led by Jacomo Bairos, music director of the Amarillo Symphony and recent guest conductor of such orchestras as the San Francisco Symphony, Boston Pops and the National Symphony Orchestra. Bairos will lead a program of patriotic-themed orchestral works, featuring music by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and John Williams, in addition to traditional marches. As in past presentations, the program with conclude with Tchaikovsky’s stirring "1812 Overture" along with a thrilling fireworks display. 

    “The BSO has performed outdoor concerts at Oregon Ridge since 1977 and the Baltimore Symphony Musicians are honored to work with County officials to maintain a presence for 2019,” says Baltimore Symphony Musicians’ community outreach coordinator and oboist Michael Lisicky. “The Baltimore Symphony Musicians are committed to being the hometown band for our city, state and Baltimore County, and this year is no different,” states Baltimore Symphony Musicians’ Committee co-chair and percussionist Brian Prechtl.

    Ticket and Parking Information

    The event will also feature food trucks and music from the Lutherville Music School. Admission is free but tickets are required for entry. Children three and under do not need a ticket. Get your tickets or learn more about the Independence Day Extravaganza.

    Parking will be available onsite at Oregon Ridge and at the Agriculture Center on Shawan Road. Accessibility parking will be available at Oregon Ridge. There will be no parking at the Timonium Fairgrounds this year. There will be no rain date. 

    The 2019 Independence Day Extravaganza is made possible by Baltimore County and the Baltimore Symphony Musicians. Additional logistical support for this event is provided by the Musicians’ Association of Metropolitan Baltimore, Local 40-543. Further support for this concert comes from the Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF), enriching lives through music by sponsoring free live performances in all 50 states and Canada. For more information, visit MPTF’s website at

    Thu, 13 Jun 2019 17:19:00 GMT
  5. Seventeen Schools Win the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge

    Schools Earned $18,000 in Environmental Literacy Grants and Technology Prizes

    Some 5,000 students and community volunteers have made Baltimore County a cleaner and greener place by participating in this year’s Team Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge. County Executive Johnny Olszewski, BCPS Superintendent Verletta White and Debbie Phelps, Executive Director of the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools, announced this morning that 17 County public schools were winners in this program, which resulted in 242 litter clean-ups that collected 2,400 bags of trash around the County this school year.

    The Clean Green 15 winners.

    At an awards ceremony yesterday morning at Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School in Edgemere, County Executive Olszewski encouraged the audience of students and faculty to think about where litter ends up. “The wind and rain washes litter into the storm drains, which lead to our streams and eventually to the Chesapeake Bay,” he said. “Litter not only looks bad in our neighborhoods, it also pollutes our waterways—and that’s harmful to wildlife, fishermen, boaters and our environment.”

    “The Clean Green 15 Challenge is a hands-on, simple way for our students to protect the environment as they express pride in their schools and their communities,” said BCPS Interim Superintendent Verletta White.

    Clean Green 15 Results

    Tons of Litter Collected, Thousands of Grant Dollars Distributed to Schools

    The County Executive high-fiving students.

    The 2018 to 2019 school year program resulted in 242 clean-ups conducted by 4,955 volunteers who picked up 2,394 bags of litter and debris. The number of participating BCPS schools nearly doubled this year to include 37 schools. In addition to litter, Clean Green 15 volunteers collected many tons of bulk trash items from parks, streambanks, schoolyards and other locations around Baltimore County for a total estimated weight of 31,837 pounds. Clean-ups were conducted by school groups as well as community-based volunteers.

    Through this program, BCPS schools and their community supporters conducted quick 15-minute litter clean-ups, competing from last May through this April to see which school communities could log the most clean-ups. The program is open to any group, including school-based groups, places of worship, youth groups, civic or community groups, scout troops, sport teams, businesses or other organizations that wish to help clean up their community. Groups are asked to report their clean-ups on the BCPS website and designate a school to receive credit.

    Winning Schools for Year 2018 to 2019

    As a result of this year’s Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge, the Education Foundation of Baltimore County Public Schools awarded grants to 11 top winning schools to fund school-based instructional projects emphasizing the theme of environmental literacy. Examples could include installing a reading or rain garden, planting trees, diverting downspouts or environmental education projects. Six schools won Honorable Mention awards and received a Samsung Galaxy device.

    Award Prize School
    Grand Prize $3,000 grant Reisterstown Elementary School
    High Schools First Prize $2,000 grant Dulaney High School
    High Schools Second Prize $1,500 grant Western School of Technology and Environmental Science
    High Schools Third Prize $1,000 grant Hereford High School
    Middle Schools First Prize $2,000 grant General John Stricker Middle School
    Middle Schools Second Prize $1,500 grant Ridgely Middle School
    Middle Schools Third Prize $1,000 grant Loch Raven Academy
    Elementary Schools First Prize $2,000 grant Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School
    Elementary Schools Second Prize $1,500 grant Bear Creek Elementary School
    Elementary Schools Third Prize $1,000 grant Grange Elementary School
    Special School Prize $1,500 grant Battle Monument School
    Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
    Charlesmont Elementary School
    Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
    Fullerton Elementary School
    Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
    Lansdowne Elementary School
    Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
    Milbrook Elementary School
    Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
    Perry Hall Middle School
    Honorable Mention Samsung Galaxy
    Pleasant Plains Elementary School

    Clean Green 15 is Underway for Next Year

    In addition to awarding prizes to the winning schools from this year, officials also kicked off the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge for the next school year, with groups eligible to log clean-ups from May 1, 2019 through April 30, 2020, for consideration in next year’s awards.

    This is the sixth year for the challenge, which is a collaboration between Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Baltimore County Public Schools and the Education Foundation of Baltimore County. This year’s sponsors include BGE and the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability.

    Thu, 13 Jun 2019 13:00:00 GMT
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County Executive Biography

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.