Over 400 police retirees will have to wait longer to receive their court ordered refund for health care premiums that Baltimore County over charged them since 2007. On January 30, 2015 Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz filed a Petition for a Writ of Certiori with the Maryland Court of Appeals.
This case started as a grievance in 2007 which the Fraternal Order of Police filed and won at arbitration. The county then appealed the case to Baltimore County Circuit Court, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and finally the Maryland Court of Appeals. The Courts have continually ruled in favor of the FOP and the retirees.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz then disputed the amount owed to the retirees. In early 2014 the County requested a hearing to contest the damages and as a result of the hearing the Court awarded the retirees $1,801,479.54 in damages and interest as well as directing the County to restore the effected retirees to the correct subsidy rate.
When the County did not follow the directions of the Court a Petition for Contempt was filed against County Executive Kamenetz, Administrative Officer Fred Homan and Budget Director Keith Dorsey and they were directed to appear in Court and Show Cause as to why the order of the Court was not followed. The County the acquiesced and did as the Court ordered.
The County then filed 3 separate appeals to the Court of Special Appeals challenging the orders of the Circuit Court which were consolidated and heard in November 2014. On December 17, 2014 the Court of Special Appeals denied all three appeals in a 78 page decision. Now the County is seeking an appeal to Maryland’s highest Court.
The FOP has held the money in escrow since receiving payment from the County and was preparing to distribute it to the effected retirees had the County not filed this latest appeal by the deadline of February 2, 2015. Since this case has started, ten retirees owed reimbursement have passed away.
Every Court decision since the inception of this case can be found on our website www.foplodge4.org under FOP NEWS LINKS.