Olszewski Announces Plans for County Department of Housing and Community Development

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski today announced plans to introduce legislation that would create Baltimore County's first Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). The new DHCD would help ensure access to affordable housing, provide housing stability support, and develop stronger neighborhoods by providing community revitalization supports in a timely and efficient manner. From the press release: “Access to quality housing is a fundamental right and we must do whatever we can to build stronger,…

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Baltimore City Announces Chief Data Officer, Broadband and Digital Equity Director

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott today announced two appointments for Chief Data Office and the City's first Director of Broadband and Digital Equity. Mayor Scott announced Justin Elszasz, currently the Deputy Director and Analytics Lead for the Mayor’s Office of Performance & Innovation, will serve as the administration’s Chief Data Officer. Jason Hardebeck has been appointed as the City’s first Director of Broadband and Digital Equity. Elszasz and Hardebeck officially assume their roles in the…

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Washington County Commissioners Vote to Remove Meinelschmidt Over Ethics Stir, Suit to Follow

The Washington County Commissioners voted to dismiss fellow Commissioner Cort Meinelschmidt from his seat, after a recent ethics matter. The action may end up in court, with authority for the move not fully clear. Cort Meinelschmidt, elected as County Commissioner in 2018, was removed from his seat by a vote of the other sitting Commissioners this week. Their action came in the wake of ethics concerns arising from a fledgling business connected to Meinelschmidt receiving…

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Mayor Scott to Hire Baltimore’s First Digital Equity Director

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott today announced that he will hire Baltimore City’s first Director of Broadband and Digital Equity. This position will serve as Baltimore City’s primary representative for coordination with internal and external stakeholders focused on digital equity and broadband connectivity issues while working to expand public access for Baltimore residents. More than 60,000 Baltimore City households do not have internet access. Mayor Scott said the City will adopt a comprehensive approach to…

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Kent Announces Departments of Tourism and Economic Development Merger
Director Jamie Williams (l) and Tourism Manager Jana Carter (r)
Kent Announces Departments of Tourism and Economic Development Merger

Kent County today announced the newly created Department of Economic and Tourism Development, replacing the previous two separate Departments of Tourism and Economic Development. The new office has been established to provide a comprehensive new support strategy to the Kent County business community and will be the one-stop shop for everything the public need to "start a business, grow a business, build a brand, network, and continue attracting visitors, residents, workers, and new businesses to…

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Mayor Scott Establishes New Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement

Today, Mayor Brandon Scott announced the creation of a new office designed to coordinate city agencies and community partners in the fight against violence in Baltimore. The Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE) will create cross-agency goals that engage law enforcement agencies such as the Baltimore Police Department and the State's Attorney's Office, in addition to city agencies such as the Health Department and Recreation and Parks. MONSE will be taking a more…

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Mayor Scott Appoints Dana P. Moore as Baltimore’s First Chief Equity Officer
Dana P. Moore (photo courtesy of Baltimore City)
Mayor Scott Appoints Dana P. Moore as Baltimore’s First Chief Equity Officer

Baltimore City Mayor Brandon Scott today announced the appointment of current Acting City Solicitor, Dana P. Moore, to serve as the City's first Chief Equity Officer, a cabinet-level position. As Chief Equity Officer, Moore will work closely with the Mayor and Chief Administrative Officer to ensure city government operates through a framework of equity across all agencies, boards, and commissions. She will help city agencies shape their equity platforms, offer guidance, and ensure compliance with…

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Howard County Corrections Director Jack Kavanagh Retires After 18 Years of Service
Jack Kavanagh
Howard County Corrections Director Jack Kavanagh Retires After 18 Years of Service

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball announced Jack Kavanagh, Director of the Department of Corrections, is retiring after 18 years of service to Howard County, and more than four decades of public service in the correctional field. Kavanagh has worked for Howard County since 2003 and has served as the Director of the Department of Corrections since 2008. “Jack is an outstanding public servant, and his expertise and thoughtful approach will be missed in Howard County,”…

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The 2021 County Government Salary Survey Is Here!

The Maryland Association of Counties salary survey includes over 120 county government positions, including elected, appointed, and management staff.  Every year, MACo collects information on salaries, benefits, and pensions of county government employees to MACo. The data shared forms the basis for the annual salary survey. Find links below to each portion of the 2021 survey. Complete Report of County Employee Salaries, Health Benefits & Pensions County Employee Salaries County Employee Health Benefits County Employee…

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County Executive Hornberger Announces Key Appointments

Cecil County Executive Danielle Hornberger named several important members of her administration on Tuesday night. Former County Council Member Dan Schneckenburger will serve as as the County’s Director of Administration.  Schneckenburger represented District Three on the Council from 2014 to 2018 after serving as Vice Chair of the Cecil County Chartering Committee in 2010 and the Cecil County Strategic Planning Committee in 2012. “I am honored to be appointed by the County Executive to serve as…

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