Putting Criticism Aside, Baltimore County Council Hails D’Andrea Walker as Incoming County Administrator

Thee Republican members of the Baltimore County Council joined forces with the body’s four Democrats in praising a department head who ordered a police investigation of a “whistleblower” who offered evidence about an alleged influence-peddling scheme involving County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr.

The show of bipartisan support came at yesterday’s Council work session where D’Andrea Walker, director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPWT), was up for promotion as county administrative officer.

In that role as the top non-elected officer in the county, Walker will earn $263,000 a year and be responsible for the day-to-day operations of a government with 6,500 full-time employees and a $4.9 billion annual budget.