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Not The Briefing Almond Had In Mind

Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond got an email instead of an expected in-person briefing on the early retirement incentive program.

The Baltimore County Council wanted an update on the recent offered to county employees and they got it.

But the email sent to council members prior to County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's budget speech Thursday was not exactly what Council Chairwoman Vicki Almond had in mind.

"We wanted someone to come talk to us," said Almond, adding that the council might have questions about the results of the program.

County officials hoped the incentive plan, passed last fall, would save as much as $15 million annually through the elimination of 200 positions.

Kamenetz announced that the program had exceeded those goals. More than 300 employees were approved for early retirement at an annual savings of $21 million, according to Kamenetz.

Almond said she learned of the results of the program in an email from Don Mohler, a spokesman and chief of staff to Kamenetz.

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Ron Burgundy April 17, 2012 at 12:14 AM
If Ms. Almond wants more answers than she thinks have been given then I suggest she go to Towson, learn where the Office of Budget is (may take her awhile) and start asking questions. If not satisfied then find Mr. Homans office (if she can, that may take some time as well) and stay there until she gets the answers she's looking for. Quit sitting back waiting for the "subjects" to come to her. Show some initiative and quit crying to the press and go get answers yourself. That's why people voted for you.
I'm Watching April 17, 2012 at 03:44 AM
Ron. One more time. If I see you using taxpayer money to attack our council one more time, there will be an ethics letter. We all know who you are. One more time. Try it. Write your real name, say what you do for a living, say who your boss is, then say what you want. And don't do it on county time. Your boss is the worst "exec" as you call him Towson has seen in a long time. Can't get along with the council. Can't get along with the legislature. Can't get anything accomplished in Annapolis as he's busy fighting with everyone. Please bring back Jim Smith (your old boss Ron)
Emma Norton April 17, 2012 at 05:36 PM
The mainstream media needs to address Kamenetz directly in order to make him speak on camera! He has been cowardly hiding from the media, and here again... sending emails, speaking thru Mohler.... This man (Kamenetz) can't be trusted! The mere arrogance alone that he portrays in dodging the media, the public, and the county council is unheard of and unprecedented.
Lablover April 18, 2012 at 06:56 AM
The mainstream media needs to address Kamenetz directly in order to make him speak on camera! Emma, Kevin Kamenetz will be appearing on WBAL TV Sunday morning April 27 to answer questions from the public. I don't know if he gets to see the questions to be asked in advance or not though.
Mari April 20, 2012 at 07:19 PM
With all the anti-bullying talk going around, you think someone would point out to Kamenetz, O'Malley, Miller, and Busch that they are some of the biggest bullies around. Mrs. O'Malley should talk to her own husband before she tries to talk to everyone else and their kids.

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