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."