By Andy Rosen The Baltimore Sun
Incoming Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz plans to hire outgoing 5th District County Councilman Vince Gardina to head the new Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, which he announced that he plans to create by merging other departments.
Gardina, a Democrat and, the longest-serving councilman in Baltimore County’s history, is set to leave office on Monday, the same day Kamenetz will take office.
Here are some other points of interest in Kamenetz’s staff announcement. The County Council must review his appointments within 40 days after he submits them on Monday.
-Kamenetz wants to keep Fred Homan as County Administrative Officer, a powerful job he held in outgoing County Executive James T. Smith Jr.’s administration.
-Stanley H. Jacobs will serve as acting director of economic development while Kamenetz looks for a permanent chief. This means David Iannucci, Smith’s economic development point man, is not keeping his post.
-Smith’s communications director, Donald I. Mohler, III, will become Kamenetz’s chief of staff.