Kevin B. Kamenetz

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Kevin B. Kamenetz
Baltimore County Executive
In office
2010 – Present
Preceded by James T. Smith, Jr.
Councilman, Baltimore County Council
2nd District
In office
Preceded by Mel Mintz
Succeeded by Vicki Almond
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Jill Kamenetz
Residence Owings Mills, Maryland
Alma mater Johns Hopkins University
University of Baltimore School of Law
Occupation Attorney

Public Service Overview

A lifelong resident of Baltimore County, Kevin Kamenetz began his career in public service as a prosecutor in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office. In 1994, he was elected to the Baltimore County Council. In 2010, he was elected to serve as Baltimore County's twelfth County Executive, and in 2014, the people of Baltimore County reaffirmed their confidence in the Kamenetz Administration by electing him to a second term in office.

County Executive Years

In 2010, Kevin Kamenetz was elected Baltimore County Executive in the midst of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. Tasked with navigating declining revenues while serving our County’s largest population ever, he established a three-pronged approach to governing by applying the principles of innovation, responsibility and efficiency.

Utilizing technology and reorganization principles, Mr. Kamenetz consolidated numerous offices and functions, creating — without furloughs or firings — the smallest County workforce in 25 years. Through disciplined fiscal management, Mr. Kamenetz prioritized funding to support the County’s core tenets of public education, public safety and the rebuilding of an aging infrastructure.

Under County Executive Kamenetz’s leadership, Baltimore County has grown and thrived. Property tax rates have not been raised in 26 years, and income tax rates have remained the same for the last 22 years. Baltimore County has maintained its “triple Triple-A” bond rating — a task accomplished by just 38 counties in the nation. Since 2010, there has been billions of dollars in private investment countywide, including $800 million in Towson, $700 million in Owings Mills, $242 million in the Southwest Enterprise Zone and $100 million in White Marsh.

Baltimore County also launched its landmark "Schools for Our Future" program, a $1.1 billion school renovation and construction initiative to meet the needs of Baltimore County’s educational facilities for the next generation by eliminating all current and projected overcrowding, modernizing our schools and making them safer. Upon its conclusion, this program allowed 97 percent of our schools to be air-conditioned, including every elementary and middle school. Baltimore County has also made great strides in public safety since 2010, recording fewer total homicides than during any four-year period since Gerald Ford was president, with some of the highest clearance rates in that nation for solving crimes.

In 2010, Mr. Kamenetz’s efforts to reduce density, protect environmentally sensitive land and watersheds, and secure Baltimore County’s rural heritage won him the coveted Valleys Planning Council’s McHarg award. In 2013, Mr. Kamenetz received the Outstanding Performance and Community Service Award from the Baltimore County Branch of the NAACP in recognition of his outstanding leadership of Baltimore County government and the significant increases in diversity among County employees. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore, the Maryland Association of Counties and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, where he serves as chair. Mr. Kamenetz also serves on the Board of Visitors for Maryland Shock Trauma.

County Council Years

During his 16 years on the County Council, Mr. Kamenetz was selected by his colleagues to serve as Council Chairman a record four times. He served as the County's Cable Franchise negotiator, bringing cable choice to Baltimore County while saving taxpayer dollars. He drew on his experience in the criminal justice system to support public safety, crafting an innovative shopping center camera security law, which has become a national model and has also helped reduce the County’s crime rate to historic lows. He also enacted laws that improved the Code Enforcement process to protect neighborhoods, formed the NeighborSpace program which created valued open space to Baltimore County’s older communities, and refined laws to preserve historic landmark structures. In 1995, Mr. Kamenetz’s strong support of the business community earned him Person of the Year honors from the Pikesville Chamber of Commerce.

Lifelong County Resident

Born in Lochearn, where he attended Campfield Elementary School, County Executive Kamenetz graduated from the Gilman School and earned degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Baltimore School of Law. Throughout his school years, he worked in his father’s drug store in Overlea. Mr. Kamenetz resides in Owings Mills with his wife, Jill, and his sons, Karson and Dylan.[1]

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Kamenetz was born in the Lochearn community of Baltimore County to Miriam and Irvin Kamenetz, better known as "Doc Kaye," a local pharmacist who owned an Overlea pharmacy for over 30 years.[2]

Kamenetz attended Baltimore County Public Schools and graduated from the Gilman School. He earned his B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1979 and graduated from University of Baltimore School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1982, passing the Maryland Bar that same year. Kamenetz worked as a prosecutor in the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City from 1982 to 1987 and has practiced law for over 30 years. He is also admitted to practice before the Bars of the United States District Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Kamenetz currently resides in Owings Mills, MD with his wife, Jill Kamenetz, and his sons, Karson and Dylan.

Political career[edit]

Kamenetz was elected to the Democratic State Central Committee (terms: 1982. 1990, 1994) and served as Baltimore County Chair (1993-1994). Kamenetz was elected to the Baltimore County Council in 1994 and was reelected in 1998, 2002, and 2006, serving a total of 16 years. His fellow councilmembers elected him Chairman in 1996, 1999, 2003 and 2008. He also served as Chair of the Council's Spending and Affordability Committee.

On November 2, 2010, Kevin Kamenetz was elected as the 12th Baltimore County Executive, succeeding James T. Smith, Jr.

In December 2012, Kevin Kamenetz proposed building a new fire station in Towson Manor Park, a pocket park that represents the only green space in the Towson Manor Village neighborhood. This was proposed because he has solicited bids from developers for the property currently containing the Towson Fire Station. Three Baltimore County Schools and a police station, all on the county's east side, were also affected by similar land sales.

He serves on the board of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council since 2010 (Chair, 2012), the Baltimore Regional Transportation Board (Chair, 2013), the Board of Visitors, Maryland Shock Trauma, and the Board of Directors of the Maryland Association of Counties. [3]