May 28, 2015 4:38 pm ET
The word of the day in Baltimore County is “Nepotism”
Source: All in the Family
Just a note, folks: The headline doesn’t involve Archie, Edith, Gloria, or “Meathead,” though the last name could probably apply in some instances.
Many of us have heard the term “good ol’ boys club” (I will give it the acronym “GOBC”) used before. That tends to revolve around a “closed society” where the only way to be admitted is to be related to someone else.
With that said, Baltimore County is—once again—a GOBC, thanks to some rumored new County employees. One person working for the county is a former Councilman who already has a pension from his elected position. That much I was able to confirm.
The other rumored employees have familiar last names: Homan and Vontran.
This all reminds me of that ritual seen in movies and television shows where guys cuts their hands and mix their blood together with an oath to never rat each other out when the heat is on.
An interesting visual, to say the least. Can’t you just picture that going on behind closed doors?
Now, in this blog, I will have to go out on a limb because—despite the fact that the new hires seem to be the topic of conversation everywhere I go—I was not able to officially get past the wall of silence and deception to get a response. In fact I called the county twice in an attempt to get the information and the response was -John who- never heard of him. Now that’s bad enough to lie to your face or in this case your voice, so I made it official with my e-mail.
Just to show my due diligence, here is the e-mail I sent Mr. Don Mohler, who is Mr. Kamenetz’s chief of staff. This email was sent on 5/20/15:
Mr. Don Mohler:
I received a phone call stating that former councilman John Olszewski, Sr. is now working for Baltimore County.
I was also told that Mr. John Vontran’s son (a close friend of Mr. Olszewski) along with Mr. Fred Homan’s son is also working.
Could you confirm any of these questions or clarify any misinformation. Also could you include the salary of these employees?
Despite my best efforts, I have heard zip from the County mouthpiece (as is the norm), but at least they can’t claim that I didn’t give them a chance to reveal the truth.
Then again, maybe I need to send a definition of the word “truth” the next time I send a question to which they don’t respond. Honestly, folks, the transparency issue has become so bad, one has to wonder why he should even bother trying to get answers anymore.
But I will continue to try.
Despite the deafening silence from the County, I can confirm that Mr. Olszewski Sr. is reportedly making $80,000 a year in his new position, which calls for him to inspect baseball fields. As for the other “kin folk,” I have no clue.
I would say that I would ask Don Mohler, but that is a “been there, done that” type of situation.
So there you have it, folks. Baltimore County remains a GOBC, and the rest of us have to like it or lump it. Because, unless your last name matches that of someone already in power, there is no room for you in the small (and getting smaller) job applicant pool.