John Olszewski, Jr. was sworn in on Monday as Baltimore County’s fourteenth County Government, vowing to create a extra trendy, clear and open authorities.
Multiple thousand invited visitors, elected officers, county staff, and members of the general public celebrated the inauguration of native authorities officers within the government, legislative and judicial branches.
The inaugural ceremonies befell at Towson College’s SECU Area at 10 a.m. on Monday morning with Administrative Decide Kathleen Gallogly Cox administering the oath of workplace to Clerk of the Courtroom Julie Ensor, who then administered oaths of workplace to the opposite elected officers – together with Judges of the Circuit Courtroom Carey Deeley, Michael Finifter, Ruth Jakubowski, and Dennis Robinson; Judges of the Orphans Courtroom William Evans, Juliet Fisher and Arthur Frank; Sheriff R. Jay Fisher; Register of Wills Grace Connolly; members of the Board of Schooling Kathleen S. Causey, Roger B. Hayden, Julie C. Henn, Moalie S. Jose, Russell T. Kuehn, Lisa A. Mack, Rod McMillion, John H. Offerman Jr., Cheryl E. Pasteur, Lily P. Rowe and Makeda Scott; and the members of the County Council.
Within the legislative department, one new member of the Baltimore County Council, Izzy Patoka, took the oath of workplace together with six incumbents. The County Council members are 1st District Councilman Tom Quirk, 2nd District Councilman Izzy Patoka, third District Councilman Wade Kach, 4th District Councilman Julian Jones, Jr., fifth District Councilman David Marks, sixth District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins, and seventh District Councilman Todd Crandell.
“I’m excited and searching ahead to a really vibrant future for the County, and may’t wait to get began working with the Olszewski administration to take care of Baltimore County’s popularity of fiscal duty and wonderful service to our constituents,” stated County Council Chair Jones.
“I’m humbled and honored to start this journey, and I’m able to hit the bottom operating, work with my colleagues, and put communities first as we construct a greater Baltimore County collectively,” stated County Government Olszewski.
The complete textual content of County Government Olszewski’s inaugural remarks, as ready, can be found on the County web site.
“Good morning, everybody. Thanks to Dr. Schatzel and Towson College for internet hosting at the moment’s ceremonies.
Thanks, County Government Mohler on your type phrases. Thanks on your management: moving into unknown circumstances and main together with your coronary heart.
Not solely being the regular hand our county wanted, however a pacesetter who pushed us ahead in the suitable path who has left your personal very constructive mark on county authorities. You rose to the event, led with dignity and all the time put the individuals of Baltimore County first.
I met my spouse proper up the street at Goucher School about 15 years in the past — Marisa, thanks for becoming a member of me on this journey and for all the ways in which you problem me to be a greater husband, father, and individual. I’m higher outfitted to deal with this job as a result of, as all the time, I’ve you standing alongside me.
To my curious, artistic and adventurous daughter, Daria: I really like each you and your mom a lot. Thanks for being such a supply of inspiration because the day you arrived. Thanks for reminding me what an unimaginable obligation I’ve to girls and boys identical to you.
I might additionally wish to thank the various members of my speedy and prolonged households, particularly these right here with us immediately, in your unconditional love and help.
Lastly, and most of all, I need to thank the individuals of Baltimore County for this unimaginable alternative. Over the previous a number of years, we’ve got engaged in a dialog about what’s attainable; recognizing that each group has its personal strengths and its personal distinctive set of challenges, however figuring out deep down all of us need and deserve the identical issues: nice faculties, equitable investments, an financial system that works for all of us, and a authorities that’s open and related.
The enormity of creating the potential actual begins at this time — and the obligations forward usually are not misplaced on me. I’m grateful that you’re all right here as we begin this journey to rejoice Baltimore County’s future, and I’m honored to be your Baltimore County Government.
As we start the subsequent chapter in Baltimore County’s story, we can’t overlook the void that was left when County Government Kevin Kamenetz was taken from us far too quickly. Because of the exceptional power and style of Jill, Karson and Dylan, Kevin’s spirit lives on. In the present day I proudly put on a pin of Kevin’s that was given to me by Jill, honoring his legacy of service.
I want to additionally acknowledge the Councilmembers, Judges, Board of Schooling members, and everybody else right here on stage with me at present, and to congratulate every of you. We might characterize totally different branches of presidency and areas of duty, however how becoming that we’re all sworn in collectively? Becoming as a result of we’re all on the identical staff and since the challenges we face have to be tackled by each one in every of us working collectively and in partnership. Collectively, we’ll by no means put partisanship, or satisfaction, forward of progress for our individuals.
I come to this place with all of you from the shadow of our county’s former metal mill. To me, all I’ve ever skilled of Baltimore County is that it’s a spot of unimaginable alternative. I used to be a primary era school scholar, who went on to earn my Ph.D. — all right here in our nice county. However I do know for numerous others, that very same potential wasn’t realized. For as a lot alternative as I used to be offered, I additionally witnessed many years of decline in my neighborhood as key industries shuttered their doorways. I would like everybody to know the chance I’ve had. It’s why I got here again to my hometown to turn into a public faculty instructor and why I ran for workplace to characterize my hometown within the state legislature, the place we began reversing the decline we as soon as noticed.
A couple of years in the past, turning into a father put issues into a fair clearer focus. Parenthood not solely jogged my memory that the actions we take at this time — and people who we don’t — set the life course for each baby in Baltimore County. It taught me that we will’t wait to take these actions. I knew I couldn’t sit on the sidelines, and so we started our unbelievable journey.
Pushed by grassroots help, a transparent imaginative and prescient for the longer term, and an everlasting religion in each other, we completed what few thought potential. Now we now have a chance to basically change the course of our communities. What we will construct is restricted solely by our creativeness and our capacity to return collectively to get it achieved.
That begins with schooling. I’m proud to face right here as the primary instructor elected to this workplace. My years within the classroom will all the time drive my selections. In every thing we do, we’ll ask, “What’s greatest for our households?” It’s time to make investments extra — and extra thoughtfully — in our individuals and our infrastructure.
Many years of analysis have proven that the advantages of early schooling are clear, and that empowering extra of our college students to graduate from our group school system will develop our center class. So we’ll discover methods to broaden entry to Pre-Okay and group school, eradicating limitations to schooling in order that we’re additionally eradicating limitations to alternative.
We will even tackle the problem of rebuilding Baltimore County’s getting older faculties. We all know that we can’t do that alone. I want to acknowledge my pals and colleagues from Annapolis right here with us right now. Thanks all on your friendship and your partnership. I look ahead to constructing a coalition with you to make sure Baltimore County has the help we’d like. I’m keen to steer the cost for our communities, working with all of you to battle for what our communities deserve — in schooling and past.
Each household in Baltimore County deserves the chance to realize financial stability and safety. A strong and dynamic schooling system is the inspiration to that stability, nevertheless it’s solely the start. We will and can embrace our strengths, leverage our anchor establishments and job facilities, and struggle to create the sorts of alternatives that appeal to and retain native expertise.
We’ll do it by dealing with our challenges head-on. Almost 20 years in the past, we celebrated the arrival of a GM plant whose closure now threatens tons of of our households. In Baltimore County, we to rise to those challenges. When the metal mills closed, our communities didn’t hand over; we went to work. In the present day that group is within the midst of a transformative resurgence. It wasn’t straightforward — however we took that problem on collectively. We relied on the resiliency of our individuals, and we seemed to the longer term, addressing 21st-century challenges with 21st-century options.
These 21st-century options embrace partnership with our neighbors throughout the Baltimore area, as a result of jurisdictional strains are simply that: strains on a map. We rise and we fall collectively.
Being a great associate means setting a superb instance. We now have to be trustworthy about the place we’ve did not stay as much as our potential. For too lengthy, we’ve lagged behind in governmental accountability. So, we’ll modernize our authorities, permitting us to raised measure the place we actually are, outline the place we need to go, and decide how we get there.
That will probably be one a part of our bigger effort to vary county authorities to make sure that it turns into far more clear, open, and related. That may begin with being extra clear about how taxpayer dollars are spent and what particular impacts they make. We’ll do all of this and a lot extra as a result of authorities works greatest when our individuals drive the dialog.
I sit up for going about this work in collaboration with the esteemed members of our County Council. We’ll set up a brand new working relationship, constructed on mutual belief, respect and openness in all we do. That would be the guiding philosophy behind our administration.
Relationships matter. The perfect relationships are constructed on a basis of belief and honesty. Baltimore County, I’ll all the time be trustworthy with you. That begins in the present day.
You need to know that we’ve many challenges forward of us. They’re actual. They’re vital. And they won’t be simply solved. However, consider this, they are often solved. In reality, we will meet and surpass the challenges forward — each these anticipated and unexpected — so long as we do it collectively. Underneath our administration, we’ll not cross an undue burden onto future generations. We’ll refuse to flee the duty of tomorrow and as an alternative go proper after our challenges.
Actually, we’re already on our means. Our staff has been exhausting at work constructing upon the inspiration we laid over our two years of analysis, evaluation, and conversations.
I need to thank each member of our transition staff, who’re serving to to refine and sharpen our plans for our future. Our communities too, are serving to to paved the way. We launched a web-based portal to listen to immediately from the individuals, and we’ve got acquired tons of of concepts and proposals from residents able to construct a greater Baltimore County collectively.
Whereas our transition work continues, I promised to hit the bottom operating. Later at the moment, I’ll signal an government order to determine a blue ribbon fee to look at our finances course of and make suggestions based mostly on nationwide greatest practices. Within the coming days, I’ll direct meet with our Administrators of Price range and Workplace of Info Know-how to execute a plan to launch price range info on-line for all residents to evaluation and contemplate. And previous to my first price range, I’ll direct my workplace to work with each member of the County Council to host a cupboard locally assembly, in order that your authorities comes on to you.
These are simply the primary steps towards fulfilling the imaginative and prescient we laid out. There’s a lot to do. And I couldn’t be extra excited to get to work.
Final night time, identical to so many different mother and father throughout our county, Marisa and I tucked our little woman into mattress. As I so typically do, I considered what her future would seem like. I do know that the longer term I want for my daughter is identical one you would like in your youngsters and the identical want we’ve got for all the youngsters inside our communities.
We have now a duty to construct a Baltimore County the place that future all of us want for is inside attain. One the place our youngsters can go to the school they need, or discover a commerce they’re enthusiastic about. One the place our youngsters need to keep in or return to Baltimore County to boost households of their very own. One the place our youngsters can discover an reasonably priced house in a neighborhood the place they really feel protected. One the place our youngsters ship their youngsters to our public faculties, assured that they’ll get the most effective schooling potential, no matter ZIP code.
That future is feasible, and we’ll construct it collectively.
Thanks, God bless, and God bless Baltimore County.”
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