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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.

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Cross-functional experts to recommend improvements, enhance transparency

County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the full membership of his new blue ribbon commission tasked with studying the County budget process.

The Baltimore County Commission on Fiscal Sustainability, which Olszewski created on his first day in office, is tasked with developing recommendations to improve fiscal sustainability and identify opportunities for enhanced transparency and increased public engagement in the budgeting process.

“This group of fiscal and policy experts are some of the best and brightest from across our state and are uniquely qualified to help us streamline and reform the County’s budgeting process,” said Olszewski. 

The seven-member Commission on Fiscal Sustainability consists of four voting members appointed by the County Executive:

  • Carolyn Colvin, Former Acting Commissioner of the  United States Social Security Administration
  • Lester Davis, Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of Policy & Communications, Office of Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young
  • Warren Deschenaux, Former Executive Director, Maryland Department of Legislative Services 
  • Don Mohler, Former Baltimore County Executive

As well as three voting members selected by the County Council:

  • Edwin Crawford, Former Managing Partner, Lyons Investment Group
  • Elizabeth Irwin, Deputy County Auditor, Baltimore County
  • Edward Walters, Vice President, Head of Managed Accounts, T. Rowe Price

“Our annual budget is the blueprint that sets our priorities and charts the course for County government, and we can only benefit from inviting outside experts and the public to offer fresh perspectives and help us identify opportunities for improvement,” said County Council Chairman Tom Quirk.

The volunteer members will serve one-year terms at the pleasure of the County Executive. The commission will issue interim recommendations to the County Executive by February 15, 2019, in time to be considered as part of the FY 20 budget cycle. Final recommendations are due by May 15, 2019.

The Commission’s first meeting will be held Tuesday, January 15, at 10:00 a.m. in Room 118 of the Historic Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204. 


Public meetings to foster transparency, invite feedback on budget

County Executive Johnny Olszewski is hosting a series of seven interactive town hall meetings across Baltimore County to prompt detailed public discussion focused on the County’s current fiscal climate, future budget priorities, and ensuring that community members have the opportunity to provide input into the budget planning process.

“In order to best serve the families and businesses of Baltimore County, we need to hear from them directly,” said Olszewski. “We are committed to working collaboratively with all of our stakeholders in every community so that we can overcome our challenges and build a better Baltimore County together.”

The first town hall meeting will be co-hosted by Councilman David Marks and will be held on Thursday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m. at Loch Raven High School (1212 Cowpens Ave, Towson, MD 21286).  In the event of inclement weather that cancels evening activities at Baltimore County Public Schools, the meeting will be postponed.

Community members will have the opportunity to hear directly from County Executive Olszewski and senior officials on the County’s budgetary constraints and fiscal challenges, and will be able to share their thoughts, ideas and priorities with the administration.

The schedule of town hall meetings is available here.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017