Johnny O Taps Trailblazer to Serve as Baltimore County CAO

    Baltimore County Executive John A. “Johnny O” Olszewski Jr. (D) announced Thursday that he has appointed Stacy L. Rodgers to be the new county administrative officer. When she starts work in April, Rodgers will make history: She’ll be the first African-American and second woman to hold the position.

    The CAO directs the county’s day-to-day operations and oversees the work of all county agencies. Rodgers will replace Fred Homan, a 40-year veteran of Baltimore County government who served as CAO from 2006-2018.

    Rodgers has more than 28 years of experience working with federal, state, and local government agencies and non-profit organizations. Most recently, she served as the director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services.

    Previously, Rodgers served as the senior adviser to the deputy commissioner of the Social Security Administration during the Obama administration and as chief of staff to the agency. She has also served as the deputy director for Program Operations at the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency, and in a variety of roles at the Maryland Department of Human Resources.

    Rodgers is a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Leadership Institute, the National Forum for Black Public Administrators’ Mentor Program and Executive Leadership Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Baltimore.

    “Stacy is a proven and dynamic leader who I am excited to have join our team,” Olszewski said in a statement. “Her vast array of skills and leadership will assist us in building a better Baltimore County.”

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