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Baltimore County Executive-Elect Johnny Olszewski announces incoming staff appointments

Posted at 2:39 PM, Nov 21, 2018

Newly elected Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr. announced several new additions to the senior staff of his incoming administration Wednesday.

Olszewski takes his oath of office Monday, Dec. 3. At that point all appointments will take effect.

Patrick H. Murray was named the new Chief of Staff. Murray recently served as the Chief of Staff to the President of the Maryland Senate, Thomas V. Miller Jr. Murray previously worked as the Director of State Affairs for Johns Hopkins University and Medicine. He has experience as a political staffer for both Miller and Speaker of the House of Delegates Michael Busch. 

Samantha F. O'Neil will fill the role of Senior Advisor. O'Neil currently serves as the Vice President of economic development for the consulting firm Margrave Strategies. The firm works with several schools in the University of Maryland system. She had previously served in roles within the Howard County government.

Andrew G. Vetter will take the role of Deputy Administrative officer. On Wednesday, Vetter announced his resignation as the Director of Criminal Justice in Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh's administration. 

"Next Tuesday will be my final day in City Hall as Director of the Mayor’s office of Criminal Justice," Vetter said in a statement released on Twitter. "It has been an honor to serve the City, and I am proud of what the office has accomplished over the past year. We have assembled a great team, enabling us to complete important tasks such as growing the CityWatch CCTV network, implementing ShotSpotter, establishing new justice system coordination efforts, expanding various crime prevention programs, and securing over $6 million in grant funding for public safety initiatives."

Prior to working in City hall, Vetter was the Chief of Staff and Director of Government Affairs for the Baltimore Police Department. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Legislative Officer for Governor Martin O'Malley.

Charles R. Conner III will be the new Chief Legislative Officer, acting as the main liaison between the county administration and the Maryland General Assembly. Conner currently works as the Deputy State Director for U.S. Senator Chris Van Hollen. 

Elisabeth A. Sachs will serve in the role of Director of Government Reform and Strategic Initiatives, with the prerogative of modernizing government operations and making the administration more transparent.

Sachs currently works for the public policy consulting firm Managing Partner of Long Point Strategies, LLC. Prior to that she was the Executive Director of EARN Maryland.

Further positions in the Baltimore County administration will be announced later. Anyone interested in applying for a job in the administration can send a cover letter and resume to