Kevin B. Kamenetz
|Kevin B. Kamenetz|
|Baltimore County Executive|
2010 – Present
|Preceded by||James T. Smith, Jr.|
|Councilman, Baltimore County Council
|Preceded by||Mel Mintz|
|Succeeded by||Vicki Almond|
|Residence||Owings Mills, Maryland|
|Alma mater||Johns Hopkins University
University of Baltimore School of Law
Kevin B. Kamenetz is the 12th and current County Executive of Baltimore County, Maryland, serving since 2010. He is a member of the Democratic Party. He previously served as a four-term County Councilman representing the Second District of Baltimore County.
Early life, education, and career
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.
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 had 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. The then-existing fire station in Towson was old and the located in a site that could possibly be redeveloped for commercial purposes. The property was ultimately sold, and the proceeds used to pay for the new fire station. But the county was able to find space on underused land it already held in downtown Towson, leaving Towson Manor Park untouched. Three Baltimore County Schools and a police station, all on the county's east side, were also affected by similar land sales to developers.
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.