MACo Past President and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz passed away early Thursday morning, due to cardiac arrest.
County Executive Kamenetz recently concluded his 2017 term as MACo President and was running for Governor of Maryland. He leaves behind his wife, Jill, and their two sons. Constituents, colleagues, and competitors alike have shown an outpouring of grief this morning.
Maryland’s counties mourn the loss of a champion for county government. MACo President and Anne Arundel County Council Member Jerry Walker shared his thoughts on behalf of MACo:
We are shocked and saddened by County Executive Kamenetz’s passing. He was a passionate leader, a dedicated public servant, and one of the longest serving Maryland county officials in recent history. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.
County Executive Kamenetz began his career in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor in 1982 and practiced law for 30 years. His elected county service began in 1994, when he was voted onto the Baltimore County Council. He served for a total of 16 years on the council and was elected by his fellow Council Members as Chairman in 1996, 1999, 2003, and 2008. In 2010, Mr. Kamenetz was elected as Baltimore County’s 12th County Executive, succeeding James T. Smith, Jr.
Mr. Kamenetz joined the MACo Board of Directors in 2011. His peers in county government elected him to serve as one of six MACo Officers in 2015, and then to serve as MACo President in 2017. As President, County Executive Kamenetz represented MACo in many meetings, hearings, and briefings. He traveled around the state on official MACo visits to discuss the needs and challenges facing county officials. MACo Executive Director Michael Sanderson commented:
County Executive Kamenetz was deeply invested in making a difference. His commitment to serve his county and his state will leave his constituents, and all of us, better off.
- Date of Funeral: Friday, May 11, 2018
- Time of Funeral: 2:00 pm
- Funeral Location: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation (7401 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, ND 21208)
- Cemetery: Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery – Berrymans Lane
- Condolences may be sent to:
Historic Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson, MD 21204
In lieu of flowers the family is asking for donations to the following charities in Kamenetz’s honor:
American Cancer Society
405 Williams Court
Baltimore, MD 21220
Baltimore Humane Society
1601 Nicodemus Road
Reisterstown, MD 21136