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November 4, 2010

Kamenetz looking for staff cuts through attrition

Baltimore County Executive-elect Kevin Kamenetz will ask county staff to start looking for ways to cut county jobs, he announced Thursday as he began rolling out his transition agenda, but he said he does not plan any furloughs or layoffs.

Kamenetz, a Democrat who defeated Republican Kenneth C. Holt on Election Day, began rolling out his agenda Wednesday morning. He said he will ask County Administrative Officer Frederick J. Homan to begin looking for ways to reduce the size of government, Raven Hill reports from Towson. He hopes to make the job cuts through attrition, as workers leave and are not replaced.

He said he is not coming in as a "change agent."

"Government in Baltimore County works well," Kamenetz said. "At the same time, I recognize that we have some budgetary challenges."

Kamenetz also announced that former county executive Theodore G. Venetoulis will advise his transition to the post now held by term-limited Democrat James T. Smith Jr. Venetoulis, a publisher, was executive in the 1970s.

Posted by Andy Rosen at 11:12 AM | | Comments (6)
Categories: In The Counties, Maryland election 2010


He says he not coming in as a "change agent" and that "Government in Baltimore County works well" (which I completely agree with), but reducing jobs will affect the level of service, and will affect how Baltimore County government I beg to differ - he is a "change agent," just letting others do it on his behalf. I'm starting to question my vote, and he hasn't even been sworn into office.

The government in Baltimore County is a disaster waiting to happen. Maybe this Democratic fool will get it; big government has zero economic impact. It is just a leech sucking the blood from us working tax payers. Social programs and all those high paying government jobs need to be eliminated before it bankrupts. Although, this will not happen because the unions votes backed this fool and he will give them a pay back.

I am sure ole Teddy can call upon his ex girlfriend Nancy Piglosi to come in and assist. She surely needs a new job, than again, lets say she stays the hell out of maryland.

amen to this. I just watched a water main repair crew yesterday. about 6-10 guys standing around half the time doing nothing...

If Baltimore County is in such great shape - why is no one asking or explaining why so much borrowing has to go before the voters for necessary things like education? Did anybody bother to add up the hundreds of millions in borrowing??? The fact is the county is in as bad as shape as other jurisdictions and KK knows it! Smith and KK just found an easy way to fund projects that earn votes yet delay the financial impact beyond their collective terms. Shame on the Sun for not shedding light on all the “borrowing” BEFORE the election.

The first thing he could do is reduce the council from 7 members to 4. What do they do anyway? Think of all the money that would save.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

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