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Questions undermine successes

Despite gains in senior center, library, some say Oliver grew inactive, unreceptive

January 09, 2009|By Nick Madigan and Jonathan Pitts and and | Nick Madigan and Jonathan Pitts and and,nick.madigan@baltsun.com and jonathan.pitts@baltsun.com

Vincent J. Gardina, an 18-year veteran of the County Council, said Oliver has "always been kind of quiet and laid-back," and that he had not had much direct interaction with him. "He hasn't approached me and asked for support for any policy initiatives," Gardina said.

Dallas Griffin, vice president of the Woodlawn Estates Homeowners Association, credited Oliver with making the Woodlawn Senior Center a reality. "He did get that done, and we appreciate that," Griffin said, adding that he always found Oliver receptive and willing to talk. "But you know politicians - they don't always do what they say they're going to do. From my point of view, I know you can't always get what you want, but I felt he could have taken a more active role on behalf of the community in some cases."

Kenneth N. Oliver

* Oliver, 63, a Democrat, was elected to the Baltimore County Council in 2002 and re-elected in 2006.

* He and his wife, Thelma, have three children.

* He has been an assistant professor at Coppin State College, a senior vice president of the Development Credit Fund and a commercial lender at Harbor Bank of Maryland. According to a financial disclosure statement, he left Harbor Bank in November 2007.

* He holds an MBA degree in finance from Morgan State University and a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Baltimore.

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