On September 13, 2011 the FOP delivered an Unfair Labor Practice charge against County Executive Kevin Kamenetz as provided in Baltimore County Code 4-5-204(a) for making unilateral changes to the Absence Control Policy. According to the Code, the Director of the Office of Human Resources, George Gay should have selected an arbitrator to hear the facts of the dispute and issue a ruling.
On September 16, 2011 the FOP received a letter from George Gay, Director of the Office of Human Resources in response to the Unfair Labor Practice charge. The letter states it is the position of the Kamenetz administration that “The County does not agree to participate in, or pay for a third party agency review.”
On October 25, 2012 the FOP filed a Complaint for Declaratory Relief and for a Writ of Mandamus in the Baltimore County Circuit Court. Essentially, the FOP was asking the Circuit Court to direct County Executive Kamenetz to follow the Baltimore County Code.
On June 20, 2012 the case was heard in Baltimore County Circuit Court by Judge Cox. After a hearing Judge Cox issued a ruling from the bench directing the County Executive to follow the law. The ruling will be followed by a written decision.