Balto. County Council elects Moxley as chairman

January 06, 2004|By Andrew A. Green | Andrew A. Green,SUN STAFF

The Baltimore County Council last night elected Stephen G. Samuel Moxley to serve as chairman for the next year.

Moxley replaces Kevin Kamenetz, a Pikesville-Ruxton Democrat, who at times used the post to forcefully criticize County Executive James T. Smith Jr.'s decisions, mostly over personnel issues.

Although Moxley, a Democrat from Catonsville, has not always been as outspoken an opponent of the executive, he has not been one of Smith's most reliable allies, either.

"I will continue to work with the county executive and his staff and continue to move the council's agenda and the county executive's agenda, as we agree, forward, and hopefully build on the relationship that Kevin has begun," Moxley said.

The job rotates annually and does not come with extra powers. The chairman runs council meetings and works to maintain consensus among members.

The chairman also serves as unofficial spokesman for the council, a role that was particularly important in the past year as the veteran-laden council worked to establish a relationship with Smith, who is serving his first term.

Councilman Kenneth N. Oliver, a Randallstown Democrat, said Moxley, who was chairman in 1998 and 2001, is a good choice for the post.

"I think Sam's a good man, a very honorable individual," Oliver said. "He's been through it before, so I'm sure he's up to the task."

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