Balto. Co. Councilman Oliver to Resign from State Job

October 24, 2011

Baltimore County Councilman Kenneth Oliver will resign from his position as a finance specialist with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, an agency spokeswoman confirmed Monday.Oliver has worked as a contract employee since February – an apparent violation of the county charter, which prohibits council members from holding any other employment or office with the state or county.

DBED spokeswoman Karen Glenn Hood said Oliver told leaders there “that his official resignation would be forthcoming,” though he has not yet turned in a letter.

Oliver, a Randallstown Democrat, has not returned messages seeking comment today.

Council Chairman John Olszewski Sr. said he spoke with other council members this weekend, and all agreed that Oliver needed to either resign from the council or resign from the state job.

Oliver informed Olszewski of his decision today, the chairman said.

“All the other council members think this is a serious matter,” Olszewski said. “I believe my council members will be glad to hear that Councilman Oliver has taken this action, and hopefully, it doesn’t happen again.”

-Alison Knezevich

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