… Mike Mohler leaves post for liquor board position …
By Steve Schuster, email@example.com
Baltimore County officials April 25 confirmed that County Executive Kamenetz has appointed Lionel Van Dommelin to serve as the next director of the county’s Office of Code Enforcement.
Van Dommelin actually started in the position more than six weeks ago, on March 7, but no official announcements were made at that time.
The previous department’s director, Mike Mohler, held the post since August 2007, according to Ellen Kobler, Kamenetz’s spokeswoman.
Mike Mohler, the brother of Don Mohler, County Executive Kevin Kamenetz’s chief of staff, stepped down to continue his role as sole administrator of the Baltimore County Liquor Board, Kobler said.
Kamenetz had named Mike Mohler to the liquor board’s chief administrator position in December as a part of government efficiency initiatives when he eliminated 143 positions saving taxpayers an estimated $8 million annually.
According to Kobler, Mike Mohler had been “wearing several hats” as he was working in both positions (on the liquor board and code enforcement) until March 7.
Kobler said Van Dommelin previously worked for Baltimore County for less than a year in 2006 as a code inspector, and also in the private sector as vice president for business development for an international union of operating engineers.
Van Dommelin also co-owns the Sea Horse Inn, in Dundalk, along with Ed Critzer, who was recently named to the Baltimore County redistricting commission by County Council Chairman Johnny Olszewski Sr. of the 7th District, which includes Dundalk and Essex.