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Harden, Campbell Confirmed to Revenue Authority

Olszewski votes against Harden while Oliver abstains.

You can hang the no vacancy sign on the Baltimore County Revenue Authority board.

The Baltimore County Council unanimously approved County Executive Kevin Kamenetz's appointment of Roland Campbell to the board. The Pikesville realtor is the first African-American to serve on the board in five years since William Jews, the former Blue Cross Blue Shield president and chief executive officer left the board in 2006.

The seven-member council, however, was not unanimous in confirming its own selection to the board.

The council voted 5-1 with one abstention on the appointment of Gordon Harden, a Towson resident and retired insurance broker.

Councilman John Olszewski Sr., a Dundalk Democrat, voted against Harden. Two weeks ago, Olszewski told Patch he had concerns about Harden's and housing code violations related to residential garages in Baltimore City.

Councilman Ken Oliver, a Randallstown Democrat, abstained.

"I know Gordon Harden, I served with Gordon on the Planning Board for 10 years and I'm still going to abstain and the council knows why," Oliver explained as he cast his vote.

After, Oliver told Patch that he abstained because of how Harden was selected.

"I learned about Gordon's appointment reading (Patch)," said Oliver. "No one talked to me. The council picked him but no one talked to me. It had nothing to do with Gordon."

The votes ended a nearly .

Kamenetz named Campbell March 17 to fill the vacancy left by Joseph Blair, who retired in June of 2011. The council held up the appointment waiting for Kamenetz to formally accept their appointment of Harden.

Harden will fill out the remaining one year left on the term of Leslie Pittler, who after 14 years on the board.

County Charter gives the county executive the authority to appoint all five board members. The council, under an informal agreement, has the authority to select one of the five members.

Kamenetz's appointment of Harden was the continuation of a handshake agreement between the council and the county executive dating back to the mid-1990s and then-County Executive Dutch Ruppersberger.

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