Despite a massive publicity campaign and numerous photo-ops, Baltimore County’s promised to give special attention in hiring veterans especially in the law enforcement area and to date there have been zero vets hired, not only in the law enforcement area but in any job category in the county.
In a PIA (Public Information Act) request filled by this blogger, this was the county’s response:
Answer 1. The County had one police recruit class in FY12, which was
the December 2011 class. The class consisted of 35 recruits, 28 of
which were cadets and 7 external hires. None of the external hires were
Answer 2. Human Resources does not have a listing of veterans hired
by other agencies.
I’m not quite sure what the doublespeak is concerning the wording: “None of the external hires were vets,” but my best guess it was referring to lateral transfers from other agencies. They did not firmly address the rest of the recruits hired, but my PIA request was very specific as to the number of vets hired by all agencies.
The photo-ops as I call them began with a major press release dated January 24, 2012 that read:
This was followed by a headline story, one of several in Patch that read:
Patch’s story also appeared on January 24, 2012. The county went even farther in announcing this effort on its own website, with a story dated November 9, 2012. Patch gave this story a great deal of attention and provided Patchs’s own information on veterans seeking work.
Looking back on what seems to be taking place; Mr. Kamenetz never misses a good photo-op when it comes to the misfortunes of others including this blog and two of the most recent ones including the closing of the RG Steel Plant and the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn.
To my knowledge there has been no press release of the results of the success of these announcements. I checked Google to see if gun control was something Kamenetz expressed an interest in and couldn't find anything prior to the recent tragedy in Newtown.
I also checked with a local union iron worker who also said to his knowledge Kamenetz’s efforts have not produced any favorable results for the laid off steel workers.
It’s one thing to want to help and it’s another to keep your word and actually do something. Anything less is something that goes beyond what I can write here.