Ol­szewski an­nounces se­nior staff mem­bers

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Bal­ti­more County Ex­ec­u­tive-elect John “Johnny O” Ol­szewski, Jr. to­day an­nounced sev­eral ma­jor se­nior staff ap­point­ments for his incoming ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Patrick H. Mur­ray will serve as Chief of Staff, Saman­tha F. O’Neil will serve as Se­nior Ad­vi­sor, An­drew G. Vet­ter will serve as Deputy Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer, Charles R. Con­ner III will serve as Chief Leg­isla­tive Of­fi­cer, and Elis­a­beth A. Sachs will serve as Direc­tor

of Gov­ern­ment Re­form and Strate­gic Ini­tia­tives.

All po­si­tions will take ef­fect im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing Ol­szewski’s oath of of­fice on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 3rd.

“Our move­ment to build a bet­ter Bal­ti­more County means bring­ing to­gether the best and bright­est. I’m thrilled that these ex­pe­ri­enced, thought­ful, and en­er­getic lead­ers will help us fight to ex­pand op­por­tu­nity in ev­ery com­mu­nity,” said County Ex­ec­u­tiveElect Ol­szewski. “We are putting to­gether a deeply tal­ented team that is ready to hit the ground run­ning on day one to cre­ate a stronger fu­ture for Bal­ti­more County.”

The Chief of Staff will over­see op­er­a­tions for the County Ex­ec­u­tive’s of­fice, man­age per­son­nel de­ci­sions, and lead ini­tia­tives across Bal­ti­more County agen­cies.

Mur­ray most re­cently served as Chief of Staff to the Pres­i­dent of the Mary­land Se­nate. He pre­vi­ously served as Direc­tor of State Af­fairs for Johns Hop­kins Univer­sity and Medicine, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Pres­i­dent of the Mary­land Se­nate, and Se­nior Ad­vi­sor to the Speaker of the Mary­land House of Del­e­gates. He earned his J.D. from the Univer­sity of Mary­land Fran­cis King Carey School of Law and his B.A. from Swarth­more Col­lege.

The Se­nior Ad­vi­sor will co­or­di­nate ex­ter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tion, out­reach & part­ner­ships, and pol­icy de­vel­op­ment.

O’Neil is cur­rently Vice Pres­i­dent of Mar­grave Strate­gies, an eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment con­sult­ing firm that im­ple­ments strate­gies on be­half of an­chor in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing the Univer­sity of Mary­land, Col­lege Park, Tow­son Univer­sity, Bowie State Univer­sity and Sal­is­bury Univer­sity. She pre­vi­ously served as Spe­cial As­sis­tant to Howard County Ex­ec­u­tive Ken Ul­man and Direc­tor of Out­reach and Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ships at the Howard County Health De­part­ment un­der Dr. Pe­ter Beilen­son. She earned her Mas­ter’s in pub­lic com­mu­ni­ca­tion from Amer­i­can Univer­sity and B.S. in Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Rhetor­i­cal Stud­ies from Syra­cuse Univer­sity.

The Deputy Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer will part­ner with the Chief Ad­min­is­tra­tive Of­fi­cer (CAO) to as­sist with the strat­egy, di­rec­tion, co­or­di­na­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion of all ad­min­is­tra­tive op­er­a­tions across Bal­ti­more County.

Vet­ter is cur­rently Direc­tor of the Mayor’s Of­fice of Crim­i­nal Jus­tice in Bal­ti­more City. He pre­vi­ously served as Chief of Staff and Direc­tor of Gov­ern­ment Af­fairs for the Bal­ti­more Po­lice De­part­ment. Prior to that role, Vet­ter was a Deputy Leg­isla­tive Of­fi­cer for Gover­nor Martin O’Mal­ley, hand­ing a leg­isla­tive port­fo­lio span­ning a range of is­sues. He has prac­ticed law in pri­vate prac­tice and has served in sev­eral other lo­cal and state gov­ern­ment roles. He earned his J.D. from the Univer­sity of Mary­land Fran­cis King Carey School of Law and a B.S. in Gov­ern­ment and Pol­i­tics from the Univer­sity of Mary­land, Col­lege Park.

The Chief Leg­isla­tive Of­fi­cer will su­per­vise the of­fice that drafts ad­min­is­tra­tion bills, sets leg­isla­tive strat­egy and will serve as the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s chief lob­by­ist in deal­ings with the Mary­land Gen­eral As­sem­bly.

Con­ner cur­rently serves as Deputy State Direc­tor for U.S. Sen­a­tor Chris Van Hollen. Prior to that role, Con­ner served as the Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Mary­land Demo­cratic Party. Con­ner has also served as an aide to Del­e­gate Luke Clip­pinger and as the Direc­tor of Stew­ard­ship for the non-profit, Thread. He earned a J.D. from the Charleston School of Law, a Mas­ter of Divin­ity from Duke Univer­sity, and a A.B. from David­son Col­lege in Re­li­gion.

The Direc­tor of Gov­ern­ment Re­form and Strate­gic Ini­tia­tives will im­ple­ment strate­gic ini­tia­tives, lead ef­forts to mod­ern­ize gov­ern­ment op­er­a­tions, and spear­head ef­forts to cre­ate a more trans­par­ent, open, and con­nected gov­ern­ment.

Sachs is cur­rently Manag­ing Part­ner of Long Point Strate­gies, LLC, a pub­lic pol­icy con­sult­ing firm. She pre­vi­ously served as Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Job Op­por­tu­ni­ties Task Force, Pro­gram Direc­tor of EARN Mary­land, In­terim Sec­re­tary of the Mary­land Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mis­sion, Direc­tor of Pol­icy and Plan­ning at the Mary­land De­part­ment of La­bor, Li­cens­ing and Reg­u­la­tion, and as an As­sis­tant At­tor­ney Gen­eral. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. from Haverford Col­lege.

Ol­szewski will name ad­di­tional se­nior staff ap­point­ments through­out the tran­si­tion process.

In­di­vid­u­als in­ter­ested in ap­ply­ing for a po­si­tion in the Ol­szewski ad­min­is­tra­tion should sub­mit a cover let­ter and re­sume via email to: tran­si­tion­[email protected]­ti­more­coun­tymd.gov.

PHOTO BY BILL GATES

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