Calvin Butler, Rachel Monroe appointed to lead Baltimore County transition team

Editor’s note: The following article appeared on on November 13, 2018.

By Melody Simmons

The transition of power in Baltimore County is officially underway.

County Executive-elect John Olszewski Jr. — or “Johnny “O” — appointed a transition team Tuesday co-chaired by Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. CEO Calvin G. Butler Jr. and Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation President Rachel Garbow Monroe.

“Building a better Baltimore County means bringing together the best and brightest to identify new ways of looking at familiar problems, and to develop innovative solutions,” Olszewski said, in a statement. “Calvin Butler and Rachel Monroe are two of the Baltimore region’s most dynamic and effective executives, and I am grateful to them for providing their vision, expertise and energy to leading an open and inclusive transition process.”

Butler also serves on the boards of several prominent Baltimore-area organizations including the Baltimore Community Foundation, University of Maryland Medical Center, Greater Baltimore Committee and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation.

The Weinberg Foundation, with over $2 billion in assets, expects to grant $125 million to nonprofits in 2019.

Olszewski, 36, a former teacher and state delegate said he was focusing on several areas during his transition: Education, public safety, job creation, economic development, sustainability, transportation and infrastructure, health and human services, government reform and and diversity.

Chairs for each of the focus areas for the transition team will be announced later this week. A final report is due by the team on Dec. 31.

Olszewski will be sworn in on Dec. 3. He will replace Don Mohler, who took over as Baltimore County executive in May following the death of Kevin Kamenetz, who was in his second term and running as a Democratic candidate for governor.

Elisabeth Sachs, managing partner of Long Point Strategies LLC, will serve as director of the transition. Sam O’Neil, vice president of Margrave Strategies, will serve as senior adviser to the transition.

In a press conference, Olszewski said that county residents may send ideas for his transition to an email address: Additionally, he said that individuals seeking to work in the Olszewski administration should submit a cover letter and resume via email to:

Source: Baltimore Business Journal, November 13, 2018

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