In a reversal from plans stated earlier this week, Baltimore County Council Chairman Julian Jones said Thursday the council will seek the public’s help as it decides who should replace County Executive Kevin Kamenetz, who died suddenly on May 10.

The council will hold a meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to gather input from county residents, and is also encouraging people to email their thoughts to between now and the close of business Monday.

Since Kamenetz’s death after suffering cardiac arrest, County Administrative Officer Fred Homan has been serving as acting county executive.

The county’s charter gives the council the authority to select a county executive when the office becomes vacant. The replacement must be a member of the same party as the former executive, in this case a Democrat, and meet age and residency requirements.

“We just want people to come out and be part of the process and tell us what’s on their mind,” said Jones, a Woodstock Democrat — who acknowledged that he’s interested in the job.

On Tuesday, Jones had said he didn’t anticipate having any public meeting or a call for applicants, saying council members were elected to make these types of decisions.

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