Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will become the longest-serving member of the Maryland Association of Counties when he assumes the association’s presidency next year.
Kamenetz, a Democrat, was elected president during MACo’s winter conference in Cambridge on Dec. 8 after serving as second vice president in 2016. He will succeed Washington County commissioner John Barr.
In a prepared statement, Kamenetz said he would spend his one-year term promoting education, infrastructure, public health, the environment, workforce development and fiscal responsibility.
“I am both proud and humbled to become president of MACo,” Kamenetz said. “MACo also provides a productive forum to exchange best-practice ideas.”
Kamenetz has been a member of MACo since 1994, when he was first voted to the Baltimore County Council.
As president, Kamenetz will represent leaders from the state’s 23 counties and Baltimore City during the 90-day Maryland General Assembly session, advocating key issues on their behalf.
Kamenetz is the fifth Baltimore County Executive to serve as MACo president, following Christian Kahl (1962), Dale Anderson (1970), Dutch Ruppersberger (1996) and Jim Smith (2008).
In addition, this role puts Kamenetz at the forefront in Annapolis, as he prepares for a potential gubernatorial run in 2018 against incumbent Gov. Larry Hogan.