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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. Baltimore County Sexual Assault Investigations Task Force Issues Final Recommendations

    Review of Current Policies, National Best Practices and Recommendations

    Following eight months of work, Baltimore County’s Sexual Assault Investigations Task Force today released its final report reviewing Baltimore County’s current policies, outlining national best practices and issuing recommendations to improve Baltimore County’s system for investigating sexual assaults.

    Formed in February by Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, the Sexual Assault Investigations Task Force was charged with reviewing practices and procedures related to sexual assault investigations and prosecution of allegations of sexual assault in Baltimore County, and making recommendations to improve those practices and procedures.

    “People deserve to know that, when they are the victims of sexual assault, our law enforcement agencies will use every resource at our disposal to bring justice,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. “These recommendations will not sit on a shelf. I charged our taskforce with developing actionable recommendations that we can put into place quickly, and I’m grateful to the task force members for their diligent work in carrying out that charge.”

    Task Force Composition

    The Task Force included a diverse roster of talented and knowledgeable individuals, including:

    • Sheryl Goldstein, Task Force Chair
    • David Thomas, Program Manager, International Association of Chiefs of Police
    • Rosalyn Branson, CEO of TurnAround, Inc. 
    • Laura Clary, Program Manager, GBMC SAFE Program
    • John Cox, Deputy State's Attorney, Baltimore County State's Attorney’s Office
    • Lt. Brian Edwards, Commander of the Baltimore County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit
    • Nadia BenAissa, student at UMBC, co-chair of the Retriever Courage Student Advisory Committee and president of UMBC’s We Believe You survivor activist and advocacy group

    “I applaud County Executive Olszewski’s leadership on this important issue and was honored to help lead the members of this task force who contributed their time and wisdom to this collaborative effort,” said Sexual Assault Investigations Task Force Chair Sheryl Goldstein. “This report provides clear, actionable recommendations that will build upon the reforms already underway to review and revise systems for handling sexual assault cases and improve outcomes for victims.”

    Recommendations

    The Sexual Assault Investigations Task Force’ report offers 23 recommendations for changes to policy and practices, including: 

    • Implementing a comprehensive sexual assault investigations policy to govern all sexual assault cases
    • Developing and implementing a uniform and centralized records system for its sexual assault cases. 
    • Continuing efforts to expand support for rape kit testing
    • Continuing to move towards a trauma-informed, victim-centered and offender-focused model of investigations.
    • Working with victim advocacy organizations and other non-profits, including TurnAround, Inc., to create a standardized protocol process for engaging with victims.     
    • Establishing standard procedures for handling incidents of sexual assault on college campuses or involving victims associated with these institutions. 
    • Increasing staffing of the County’s Special Victims Unit to better manage the caseload and best serve victims.  
    • Performing an audit of 911 calls for service for incidents of sexual assault annually
    • Reviewing all national best practice information provided by the Task Force and institute policies consistent with these best practices. 

    Baltimore County will use the results of the study to guide efforts to improve Baltimore County’s sexual assault investigations.

    The full Report of Findings and Recommendations (PDF) is available to download and read online.

    Fri, 18 Oct 2019 19:28:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/baltimore-county-sexual-assault-investigations-task-force-issues-final-recommendations
  2. County Executive Olszewski Releases Statement on the Passing of Congressman Cummings

    County Executive Olszewski on Congressman Cummings

    “Congressman Cummings believed in the power of government to improve lives, and he was a champion for those who most needed a strong voice speaking up on their behalf in Washington. He dedicated his life to the people of the Baltimore region, and we are all better for his selfless service. May he Rest In Peace."

    Thu, 17 Oct 2019 12:43:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/county-executive-olszewski-releases-statement-on-the-passing-of-congressman-cummings
  3. Identifying Spam, Caller ID Spoofing and How to Protect Yourself

    What is Caller ID Spoofing

    Spam includes all forms of unwanted communications, including but not limited to unsolicited calls or messages, caller ID spoofing and robocalls. Typically, spam is directed to large numbers of users for the purposes of advertising, phishing, spreading malware and more. Learn more about how scammers falsify information to disguise their identity and how you can avoid becoming a victim.

    Caller ID spoofing is a process in which the caller knowingly falsifies the information transmitted in the call, such as changing the caller ID to any number other than the actual calling number, in order to disguise the actual number they're calling from. The number that displays on your caller ID may look as though it's coming from a government agency, business or even someone in your contact list, in an attempt to trick you into answering the call.

    Caller ID spoofing is increasing throughout the telecommunications industry and includes landlines, mobile devices and IP-based telephone service providers. This is not a carrier-specific issue, anyone can fall prey to caller ID spoofing.

    Some callers have legitimate reasons for hiding their information, such as doctor’s offices or law enforcement agencies. However; in most cases the caller's intent is not so innocent. Scammers call from a local number, or spoof a number from a company or government agency that you already trust so you feel safe enough to answer the call. Once they get you on the phone, they will then use scam scripts in an effort to steal money and valuable information from you, such as personally identifiable information, including bank and credit account information, driver’s license numbers, home address, etc.  

    A Few Easy Steps to Protect Yourself from Fraud

    1. If you don’t recognize the number, don’t answer the call. If you accidentally answer the call, end the call immediately.
    2. If you answer the call and you feel like it may be suspicious, do not answer any questions or give out any personal information and end the call immediately. Identity thieves often pose as representatives of banks, credit card companies, creditors or government agencies to get account numbers, social security numbers, mother’s maiden names, passwords and other identifying information. If you suspect the call may have been legitimate, call a customer service or fraud phone number listed on  account statements, or the websites of the company or government agency.
    3. If you have a voicemail account with your phone service, make sure to set a password for accessing your messages. Spammers can hack your voicemail and gain access if you do not set a password for protection.

    Additional Resource

    Learn more about caller ID spoofing, including additional tips for protecting yourself against fraud and how to file a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) if you feel you’ve been a victim of a spoofing scam.

    Tue, 15 Oct 2019 17:25:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/spam-and-caller-id-spoofing
  4. Olszewski “Goes Underground” to Find and Fix Pollution in Storm Drains

    Short Documentary Spotlights the County’s Storm Drain Monitoring Efforts

    County Executive Johnny Olszewski teamed up with County natural resource specialists and a utilities crew to locate the source of waterway contaminants flowing through the County’s storm drain system into a local stream. Using field testing and remote-controlled pipeline cameras, Olszewski and his fellow pollution detectives take viewers inside a crucial but rarely credited part of our local water cycle—the storm drain system.

    His field trip is captured in a short documentary entitled “Watershed Moments—Pollution Detectives.” The five-minute video shows footage from inside the underground storm drain pipelines, and spotlights the County’s proactive storm drain monitoring program and pollution prevention efforts. It presents the importance of keeping storm drains clean, as they feed directly into local streams, and suggests ways that residents can be involved in this objective

    “Most people have no idea that storm drains flow directly into nearby streams with limited or no filtering or treatment,” Olszewski said. “Our motto is ‘only rain down the drain,’ and if you see or smell possible pollution in a stream, please report it to the County so we can investigate.”

    The video is the second episode in the “Watershed Moments” series and was produced by the Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability in collaboration with the Baltimore County Department of Public Works Bureau of Utilities and Comcast Cablevision. It is posted on the County’s website, and can be viewed and shared on Youtube.

    Fri, 11 Oct 2019 14:38:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/olszewski-goes-underground-to-find-and-fix-pollution-in-storm-drains
  5. Olszewski Names New County Attorney

    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.

    Tue, 08 Oct 2019 17:05:00 GMThttps://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/olszewski-names-new-county-attorney
 
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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.