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Charting the Course for the Next Four Years

County Executive Johnny Olszewski’s transition team today issued its final report, with dozens of recommendations that provide a blueprint for the work of the County Executive’s administration over the next four years.

“We have a lot of work to do to address our fiscal challenges while also advancing our shared priorities to move Baltimore County forward, and I’m grateful to our entire transition team for helping to chart the course,” Olszewski said. “Over the next four years, these recommendations will help guide our work to make county government more open and transparent, and to ensure we are providing the top notch services and programs that our residents expect and deserve.”

The Transition Team was co-chaired by Calvin G. Butler, Jr., CEO of Baltimore Gas and Electric Company, and Rachel Garbow Monroe, President and CEO of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation.

“The Olszewski administration has an opportunity to bring innovation to county government and progress for county residents, and I believe our report provides strong recommendations to help guide the county executive’s work,” Butler said. “It was an honor to help lead this effort to identify solutions to some of the challenges facing the county.”

“We had an inclusive process that brought together voices with a wide variety of expertise from around the region, and the result is a report that provides specific recommendations for how the Olszewski administration can build on the county’s strengths to expand opportunity in every community,” Garbow Monroe said. “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to help lead this transition team, and I look forward to seeing the county executive and his team make these recommendations a reality.”

The process brought together more than 100 respected thought-leaders, practitioners, community leaders and policy advocates from both the public and private sectors to participate in seven work groups and develop recommendations for making progress in key priority areas affecting all residents of Baltimore County. The seven work groups covered the broad topics of Education; Public Safety; Jobs and Economic Development; Government Reform and Innovation; Sustainability, Infrastructure and Transportation; and Health and Human Services.

Full Report

View the full Transition Report (PDF). 

Key Recommendations


  • Apply an equity lens to Baltimore County Public School’s investments, policies and practices
  • Create and publish a long-term capital project plan
  • Ensure healthy student-to-teacher, as well as student-to-support-staff ratios
  • Ensure competitive pay for educators
  • Expand Community Schools and Hunger-Free Schools
  • Expand early childhood education

Diversity, Inclusion, and Quality of Life

  • Create an Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Create a Commission on Volunteerism
  • Boost capacity of nonprofits and community associations
  • Raise the profile of the Small Business Resource Center 

Government Reform and Innovation

  • Create a CountyStat performance management system
  • Direct budget reform
    • Make the County’s fiscal practices sustainable
    • Center the budget process on goals, outcomes, and tracking metrics
    • Open up the budget process to the public
  • Modernize data practices and make data more accessible
  • Engage the public and County employees

Sustainability, Infrastructure and Transportation

  • Create an Office of Sustainability
  • Develop a 2030 Master Plan
  • Establish a climate change adaptation strategy for Baltimore County
  • Create an Office of Transportation Planning with a goal of a separate Transportation Department
  • Explore establishment of a Regional Water Authority
  • Develop a roadmap for re-invigorating the Department of Recreation and Parks

Public Safety

  • Build community trust through better community engagement, social media, resident patrols, neighborhood watch programs, PAL Centers, bias training and multi-lingual resources
  • Strengthen regional cooperation through real-time data sharing, first responder coordination, and joint training
  • Evaluate Fire, Police, and Corrections operations; technology; and HR practices
  • Strengthen services to victims of domestic violence and elder abuse
  • Convene a task force to review, revise, and improve practices and procedures related to sexual assault investigations and prosecution of allegations of sexual assault
  • Tackle the opioid crisis with expanded use of Narcan and partnering with public health agencies and providers

Health and Human Services

  • Create a health care blueprint in conjunction with a new Baltimore County Healthcare Commission
  • Conduct a data-driven assessment and potential restructuring of health-related County departments
  • Expand the collection of data focusing on health and service disparities
  • Appoint an Opioid Strategy Coordinator
  • Assess services for vulnerable populations, particularly older adults

Job Creation and Economic Development

  • Establish an Economic Development Commission
    • Create an economic blueprint
    • Design an anchor strategy
  • Expand employer-driven workforce strategies
    • Explore creation of a  workforce intermediary
    • Expand Job Connector, strategies for at-risk youth and summer programs for high school students
  • Support policies that preserve quality jobs
  • Develop an Integrated Tourism and Arts strategy
  • Design an overarching strategy for neighborhood stability and revitalization
    • Restructure County departments
    • Support community development corporations
  • Take actions that leverage the County’s high-quality housing stock to ensure a diverse and sustainable housing portfolio

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 County Executive Johnny Olszewski, an overview of the County’s environmental health function and details on how you can join the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge.  

Clean, Green and Litter-free – Find out how your group can make a difference in your community and help a local school win the Team BCPS Clean Green 15 Litter Challenge.

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

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.

Dozens of applications received; Process on track to have a new chief in place by June 2019

County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced the names of the panelists who will interview top candidates to be the next Baltimore County Chief of Police, including several community representatives.

The panel will interview up to 10 candidates and advise the County Executive on the strength of each candidate. The County Executive will select and interview finalists based on the panel’s recommendations. The panelists are:

  • Drew Vetter, Deputy County Administrative Officer
  • TJ Smith, Press Secretary
  • Cathy Bevins, County Council District 6
  • Scott Shellenberger, Baltimore County State’s Attorney
  • Dorothy Lennig, Director of Marjorie Cook Legal Clinic at House of Ruth Maryland
  • Crystal Francis, Community Representative
  • Valerie Fraling, Community Representative
  • Wayne Brooks, Community Representative

“The job of chief of police requires a dedicated public servant who can be an effective leader of our honorable law enforcement officers and also gain the trust and respect of our diverse communities,” Olszewski said. “We will select a chief who possesses the qualities that our communities want to see in the next leader of our law enforcement efforts, and one who shares my commitment to transparency and accountability.”

“I want to thank County Executive Olszewski for choosing me as the Council representative on the eight-member interview panel for the new Baltimore County Police Chief,” Bevins said. “I look forward to working with the other members to assist the County Executive pick the right person for the job. Crime is an issue facing the Sixth District and all of Baltimore County, and I am grateful to be part of the process in choosing the next leader of the police department.”  

Public Safety Community Forum Dates Announced

County residents are also reminded that they have opportunities to provide input into the selection process. The County Executive will hold two Public Safety Community Forum:

  • East County Policing Town Hall – Tuesday, February 26 – 6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.
  • West County Policing Town Hall – Thursday, February 28 – 5:00p.m. to 6:30p.m.

Locations will be announced in the near future. Once identified, the locations will be posted online.

In addition, residents can also send written comments to A number of comments have already been received.

The confidentiality of all applicants will be maintained throughout the search process. A new police chief will be in place by June 2019. More information about the police chief search process is available here.

Revised September 11, 2017