That's going to be necessary if he aims to make good on his promise to bring a new sense of innovation to Baltimore County. Voters didn't express a great clamoring for change from the Smith administration, but there is a growing frustration around the county with a government that has grown staid and set in its ways. Mr. Kamenetz made hay during the campaign about his effort to get air conditioning at Ridgely Middle School — where a renovation meant to bring air conditioning had been cut short, but not before the school got new windows that don't open. But the county's initial refusal to listen to parents' complaints was representative of an inflexibility that characterizes too many interactions between residents and bureaucrats, over everything from speed humps to school construction. The county is in need of some fresh thinking in code enforcement, traffic engineering, planning and other departments.