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James R. Benjamin, Jr., Joins Leadership Team

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced that James R. Benjamin, Jr., will join his leadership team as County Attorney.

Current County Attorney Michael Field has been named Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the County Executive.

"James brings a wealth of experience in litigation, deep knowledge in a variety of areas relevant to local government, and has been a trusted advisor to small, minority and women-owned businesses. I'm honored that an attorney and community leader of his caliber is joining our team," Olszewski said.

"Mike Field has a remarkable grasp of the law and public policy, and a tireless commitment to social justice. I'm pleased that he will continue as a part of our team as he shifts into a different role, advising on legislation and policy," Olszewski said.

Benjamin is currently a member of the Business, Litigation and EMERGE Teams at Gordon Feinblatt LLC. He handles environmental and administrative matters for his clients and regularly counsels clients on state and local regulatory issues. He has substantial bench and jury trial experience and has represented clients in complex toxic tort litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. In addition, he has significant experience representing and advising small, minority-owned and women-owned businesses on certification and procurement matters, as well as in structuring and creating joint ventures and teaming arrangements.

Benjamin was a former law clerk for the Honorable Ellen M. Heller in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. He also served as an Assistant City Solicitor with the Baltimore City Law Department's Land Use and Litigation divisions where he handled complex legal matters involving constitutional law and exhaustion of administrative remedies. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Benjamin dedicates significant time to community and civic engagement, serving as a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the University of Maryland College Park's College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. He serves on the Judge Alexander Williams Center for Education, Justice and Ethics Board of Directors, and on the board of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland. He previously co-chaired Baltimore City's Working Group on the Use and Implementation of Body-Worn Cameras in 2014 and 2015, and was a member of the Baltimore County Charter Review Commission in 2016 and 2017. He has also served on the Maryland State Ethics Commission.

Mike Field has served as County Attorney since 2010. He first joined the Baltimore County Office of Law in 1997 to conduct the decennial Code Revision, and subsequently redesigned and rewrote the County Code. He has served as counsel to the Ethics Commission, the Landmarks Preservation Commission and the Animal Hearing Board.

Field has drafted every major piece of legislation introduced by any county executive since 2005, and has been involved in the drafting of many county regulations. As Senior Policy Advisor, Field will continue to advise on and draft legislation, as well as oversee efforts to put the complete Code of Baltimore County Regulations online for the first time.

Field is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

Benjamin's appointment as County Attorney must be approved by the County Council.


As Baltimore County Looks to Expand Transit Access, Survey Will Gather Resident Input and Ideas

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today released a transportation survey that will allow County residents to share information about the transportation challenges they face, and solicit input and ideas about how those challenges can be addressed.

The survey is a step in a larger effort to increase transit options for County residents and identify other opportunities to help people get around more easily and efficiently.

"How easily people can get around has a major impact on quality of life, but for too long Baltimore County has been focused on roads alone," Olszewski said. "We're changing the narrative by investing in things like transit and bike lanes and looking for innovations that can better serve County residents."

The Baltimore region is one of the 20 most congested areas in the United States, with the average commute time topping 30 minutes. For residents who travel by MTA bus, commute times are often much longer. However, while some other large jurisdictions in Maryland operate extensive Locally Operated Transit Systems, Baltimore County's CountyRide is limited in service and scope. CountyRide operates on-demand rather than with fixed routes, and it serves only the county's older adults and residents with disabilities.

Investing in the Transportation Infrastructure

In his Fiscal Year 2020 Budget, Olszewski included funds to begin planning a Towson Circulator pilot, with plans to expand to other commercial corridors.

In addition, in his Consolidated Transportation Program request to the Maryland Department of Transportation, Olszewski asked for state support in line with what other counties receive in order to invest in the infrastructure to begin expanding the County's transit system.

The request also included items to address traffic concerns in areas around the County and accommodate past and future planned growth, including a long-needed interchange at Interstate 795 and Dolfield Boulevard—a request the County has made since 2007.

Beyond transit and roads, Olszewski included in his budget the first ever line item for bike and pedestrian features.

In addition, Olszewski has taken steps to add capacity within government to more effectively plan transportation projects and identify opportunities for innovation. He has hired a lead transportation planner within the Department of Public Works and taken steps to build a transportation bureau within the department.

Residents can take the survey online. For more information about transportation in the County, listen to the latest episode of The County podcast.


Over 35 Employers With Open Positions Will Be Present

Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development (DEWD) will hold their Fifth Annual Fall Career Fair on Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Eastpoint Mall. The event is a partnership between DEWD, the Maryland Department of Labor and Eastpoint Mall.

With over 35 employers with open positions to fill, the event is an opportunity for residents to find or start their next career. The event will take place in the lower level concourse of Eastpoint Mall, located at 7839 Eastpoint Mall, Baltimore, Maryland 21224.

"This is our fifth year organizing this career fair for Baltimore County and surrounding County/City residents," said Will Anderson, Director of DEWD. "We are grateful that there are so many employers who are willing and ready to hire the local talent that is available here and we are looking forward to a great turnout. This is a perfect example of County Executive Olszewski's reboot of economic development and job opportunity expansion."

Event: Fifth Annual Fall Career Fair
When: Thursday, September 26, 2019
Where: Eastpoint Mall (7839 Eastpoint Mall, Baltimore, Maryland 21224), lower level concourse
Time: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
What: Over 35 employers with open positions to fill
Cost: Free, but registration is requested

"It takes a comprehensive, forward looking strategy to improve employment opportunities for Baltimore County residents," said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. "I applaud our Workforce Development team and the employers who are working to make this career fair a success for our residents."

Employers Scheduled to Attend the Career Fair

Employers scheduled to attend the Career Fair include: Aerotek, Amazon, AT&T Portables, Baltimore County Government, Baltimore County Police Department, Baltimore County Public Schools, Burlington, CCBC Job Network, Checkers, Community College of Baltimore County, Flashpoint Personnel, Floor and Decor, GBMC HealthCare, Hendersen-Webb Inc., Humanim, JCPenney, Johns Hopkins University, LIDS, Maryland Public Television, the Maryland School for the Blind, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, Mercy Medical Center, Metro Staffing LLC, Middle River Aerostructure Systems, NPower, Oasis Health Ventures LLC, Primerica, Sherwin-Williams, Southwest Airlines, the State Of Maryland, Tailored Staffing, The Andersons, TMD Staffing and Xpress Exterior Design.

To register for the Career Fair or find out more information, visit www.BaltimoreCountyJobFair.com.

About the Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development

The Baltimore County Department of Economic and Workforce Development provides business and workforce services that attract, retain and expand businesses; foster the creation of high quality jobs; prepare and train residents for in-demand careers; bring employers together with the qualified talent; and expands Baltimore County's economic base. For more information, visit www.BaltimoreCountyMD.gov/business.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017