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Date: Jan 2, 2019

Press secretary and several agency heads named

County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced several more key members of his leadership team. T.J. Smith will serve as press secretary; Rhoda Benjamin has been named Director of Human Resources; Jeff Mayhew has been named Acting Director of Planning; and Mike Mohler has been named Acting Director of Permits, Approvals and Inspections.

“We are working to make Baltimore County more innovative, transparent, and responsive to the needs of residents and communities, and that requires assembling a top notch leadership team. These individuals will play a critical role in our efforts to build a better Baltimore County together,” Olszewski said.

Smith is the former chief spokesperson and communications advisor for the Baltimore Police Department, and has nearly 20 years of law enforcement experience. T.J. began his career as a sworn officer with the Anne Arundel County Police Department. He worked primarily in police and community units and later transitioned to communications. T.J. also served as Chief of Staff/Executive Officer for the Chief of Police. T.J. holds a master’s degree in management from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in strategic communication from Washington State University.

Benjamin joins Baltimore County after serving as the Chief Human Resources Officer for the Department of Housing and Community Development in Baltimore City. She has more than 14 years of experience in human resources, holding senior level roles at LM Health Services LLC, the Village at Rockville, and Manor Care Health Services. Benjamin holds master’s degrees in Business Administration and Healthcare Administration from University of Maryland University College.

Mayhew has served in the Baltimore County Department of Planning since 1990, starting as a transportation planner and working his way up to Deputy Director. He has served as a community planner, and also held roles at the Maryland Department of Transportation. He holds a master of Public Administration degree from the University of Baltimore.

Mohler has served in Baltimore County government since 2005, most recently as chief administrator in the Department of Permits, Approvals and Inspections overseeing the Baltimore County Liquor Board as well as rental registration. He has served as the deputy director in charge of Code Enforcement. Prior to joining Baltimore County government, Mohler spent nearly two decades in the private sector with Diageo-Guinness USA, overseeing sales for the Mid-Atlantic region. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.

Show Airs on Cable Channel 25 and Online

The latest edition of Baltimore County’s half-hour cable television public affairs show, “Hello Baltimore County,” includes an in-depth interview with newly elected County Executive Johnny Olszewski, an overview of the County’s winter storm response plans and some background on the County’s environmental health function.

Meet Johnny O – County Executive Johnny Olszewski discusses his top priorities, and plans for open transparent government.

Winter Storm Response – Learn all about the County’s winter storm operations and how you can help.

What’s Up Doc? – Baltimore County’s top doc, Dr. Gregory Wm. Branch explores environmental health issues like the cleanliness of restaurants, public pools and more.

You can also view the show on the County website’s Hello Baltimore County page. In addition to online access, the program runs several times per week on Cable Channel 25 in Baltimore County, at the following times:

Mondays: 1:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m.

Tuesdays: 12 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 9 p.m.

Wednesdays: 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m., 10 p.m.

Thursdays: 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Fridays: 11 a.m., 6 p.m.

Saturdays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

Sundays: 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m., 10:30 p.m.

To ensure collection, trees must be set out no later than January 19

The collection of live Christmas trees for recycling in Baltimore County will take place over a two-week period, beginning Monday, January 14, 2019. Because Christmas tree collection dates will vary from place to place, residents must have trees set out no later than Saturday, January 19 to ensure collection.

Residents should place trees out for pick-up at the same location where they would normally place trash and recycling for collection.

In addition, residents must follow these rules when placing their Christmas trees out to be recycled:

·        Only set out live (not artificial) trees.

·        Set out the tree only (no lights, decorations, tinsel, bags, tree stands, etc.).

Baltimore County collectors will pick up Christmas trees in standard trash/recycling trucks, and deliver them to County facilities to be chipped and later used as mulch. Baltimore County residents who live in an apartment or condominium should follow their property manager’s rules when recycling their Christmas trees.

Residents who wish to drop off Christmas trees themselves may do so starting Wednesday, December 26, 2018. Christmas trees (no lights, decorations, tinsel, bags, tree stands, etc.) may be taken to any one of the County’s three drop-off locations.

For directions to the County’s drop-off centers, residents may visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management website or call 410-887-2000.

Revised October 16, 2020               
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