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Pledges to Advocate for County Governments in Annapolis

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski was elected Treasurer of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) for the 2019 to 2020 term today during the organization’s winter conference in Cambridge, Maryland.

As treasurer, County Executive Olszewski will guide the finances and long-term fiscal planning for MACo, a nonpartisan statewide organization that advocates the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.

“I am proud to join my colleagues on the Executive Committee, where we will work together to find common ground and support the needs of communities across our state,” said Olszewski. “I’m honored to represent Baltimore County and looking forward to serving Marylanders as MACo’s next treasurer.”

Olszewski, who took office a year ago this week, will serve on the MACo statewide leadership team for a one-year term along with Sharon Green Middleton, Baltimore City Council (president); Wilbur Levengood, Caroline County Commissioner (first vice president); Laura Price, Talbot County Council (second vice president); Calvin Ball, Howard County Executive (secretary); and Barry Glassman, Harford County Executive (past-president).

Olszewski previously served on the 2019 MACo’s Board of Directors.


“You’re Hired” Conference Theme Emphasizes Workforce and Economic Development

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) and Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan in welcomed local government officials this morning to MACo’s annual summer conference at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City.

This year’s conference theme, “You’re Hired” reflects an emphasis on working together to grow Maryland’s workforce and economic opportunities in diverse industries including technology, the military, clean energy, the environment, agriculture and education. The conference kicked off yesterday with a Tech Expo hosted by MACo and the Maryland Technology Council, and it features two full days of educational sessions offering valuable opportunities for local officials to learn from each other and share best practices. Session topics range from economic and workforce development to the opioid crisis, cannabis business regulation, recreation, environmental justice, land use and much more.

“If you think about it, local government truly touches every element of our lives and this conference offers local decision-makers valuable opportunities to share insights and experience on the issues making headlines as well as the more mundane, but equally critical, services we provide our residents every day,” Kamenetz said.

“Ocean City is kind of a second hometown for most Marylanders and we are delighted to, once again, host the hard-working people who make our local governments work and help to make Maryland one of the best-run states in the country,” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. Mayor Meehan presented County Executive Kevin Kamenetz with a ceremonial “key to O.C.” as they welcomed conference attendees.

This year’s conference attracted 2,800 registrants from around the state including local government staffers, elected officials, lawmakers and business representatives. Attendance is up from approximately 2,500 attendees last year, with about one-third of all county government elected officials from the state participating.

MACo was founded in 1939, as a non-partisan organization to advocate the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as President in the history of MACo, succeeding Christian Kahl, Dale Anderson, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith. With this new term, Kamenetz also becomes the longest serving current member of MACo, first joining in 1994 as a member of the Baltimore County Council. 


Discusses MACo’s Advocacy for Maryland's Counties

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, President of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), met with local legislators on the lower Eastern Shore yesterday while he was attending the Maryland Municipal League’s annual conference in Ocean City. He spent time with the Worcester County Commissioners and the Wicomico County Council members as part of an ongoing tour of the state’s major subdivisions.

Leaders of these legislative bodies sat down with Kamenetz and MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson to discuss an overview of MACo’s advocacy for Maryland counties in Annapolis at this year’s General Assembly session and about the value of MACo conferences where local officials can learn from each other and build beneficial relationships. Wicomico and Worcester county leaders raised the issues of transportation funding from the state and the challenging constraints of the state’s school funding formula. Wicomico officials also touched on plans for water and sewer build-out and the local airport.

“I really appreciate the time that our colleagues in Wicomico and Worcester spent with us sharing their goals and challenges,” said Kamenetz. “It goes to show you that whether you are governing on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore, in our mountains or in the City, we all have the same basic charge to provide our people with a good education, transportation options and basic health and safety.”

MACo, first organized in 1939, is a non-partisan organization that advocates the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly, representing all of Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City. Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as President in the history of MACo, succeeding Christian Kahl, Dale Anderson, Dutch Ruppersberger and Jim Smith. With this new term, Kamenetz also becomes the longest serving current member of MACo, first joining in 1994 as a member of the Baltimore County Council. 

Kamenetz also brought greetings to colleagues from around the state at this week’s Maryland Municipal League’s annual conference in Ocean City. 


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017