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December 3, 2010

Kamenetz names staff, plans to hire Gardina

Incoming Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz plans to hire outgoing County Councilman Vince Gardina to head the new Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, which he announced that he plans to create by merging other departments.

Gardina, a Democrat and, the longest-serving councilman in Baltimore County's history, is set to leave office on Monday, the same day Kamenetz will take office.

This is new information, and we're still sorting through it, but here some other points of interest in Kamenetz's staff announcement. The County Council must review his appointments within 40 days after he submits them on Monday.

-Kamenetz wants to keep Fred Homan as County Administrative Officer, a powerful job he held in ougoing County Executive James T. Smith Jr.'s administration.

-Stanley H. Jacobs will serve as acting director of economic development while Kamenetz looks for a permanent chief. This means David Iannucci, Smith's economic development point man, is not keeping his post.

-Smith's communications director, Donald I. Mohler, III, will become Kamenetz's chief of staff.

-Arnold E. Jablon has been tapped to head of the new Department of Permits, Inspections, and Approvals.

Here's a full list of the appointments, from Kamenetz's office:

-Administrative Law Judge (designated as Zoning Commissioner)-Lawrence M. Stahl
-Administrative Law Judge (designated as Deputy Zoning Commissioner)-John E. Beverungen
-Aging-Joanne E. Williams
-Budget and Finance-Keith A. Dorsey
-Corrections-James P. O'Neill
-Environmental Protection and Sustainability (DEPS)-Vincent J. Gardina
-Fire Chief-John J. Hohman
-Health- Gregory Branch, M.D.
-Human Resources-George E. Gay
-Information Technology-Robert R. Stradling
-Law-Michael E. Field
-Permits, Inspections, and Applications (PIA)- Arnold E. Jablon
-Police Chief-James W. Johnson
-Public Works-Edward C. Adams, Jr.
-Recreation and Parks-Barry F. Williams
-Social Services-Timothy Griffith
-Although not subject to council confirmation, Timothy M. Kotroco will serve as the third Administrative Law Judge in the Office of Administrative Hearings.

Posted by Andy Rosen at 2:36 PM | | Comments (9)
Categories: In The Counties


KK is no leader. He will run Balto. County into the ground. He's already hiring his cronies on Day 1.

Only one woman in the cabinet so far? Shame on you, Kevin!

why in the world would he keep that mad man Homan. He has always been the employees worst night mare. what a a crud. Always againt the working people.

So when Gardina retires from this job, he'll be a TRIPLE dipper?

Donate $280,000 from your old campaign war chest and get a new job. Way to go Vince!

Same old song and dance. Good job Balto. Co. voters.

Why is the sun paper not questioning the county on shrinking the govertment a dn why he is hiring people who were fired by the voters. this is typical Maryland politics very corrupt.

The good ole boy network is alive and well.

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot, with outdated ammo from years ago. Haven't heard Joablon's name in years.

Homan's legal bills fall on our backs, while he brakes the backs and maybe the ADA laws, regarding the workers.

Why even bother to make an announcement when nothing changes except the new Suburban he'll be driving.

No mention of Olzewski. The City Paper could be the clue there.

SSDD - Same @$#%, Different Democrats

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