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Circuit Court Judge Thomas G. Ross appointed Lance G. Richardson as State's Attorney of Queen Anne's County.
Richardson, a Deputy State's Attorney for six years, will succeed State's Attorney Frank Kratovil who was elected in November to the U.S. House of Representatives for Maryland's First Congressional District. Kratovil's resignation is effective on January 3rd. Richardson is expected to be sworn into office Jan. 5th.
A news release from the Circuit Court for Queen Anne's County said Ross entered an administrative order Dec. 15 appointing Richardson. Under Maryland law, the resident Judge of the Circuit Court appoints a replacement if the State's Attorney position becomes vacant during a term. Richardson was appointed to serve the remainder of Kratovil's term which ends in January 2011.
"I'm just thrilled to serve the citizens of the county," said Richardson. The county has been good to me. I look forward to giving something back."
Richardson graduated from the University of Maryland in 1990 and the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1994 and is a member of the Maryland Bar Association. After working for one year in private practice as an associate with Kopen & Quick LLP in Easton, Richardson worked as an assistant public defender in Queen Anne's County from 1996 to January 2003, when he was hired by Kratovil as a Deputy State's Attorney.
The news release said the people who applied for the State's Attorney position were all experienced, dedicated and exceptionally capable trial lawyers who have prosecuted criminal cases. The release said Ross concluded that Richardson was best suited to work cooperatively with law enforcement officials, county and town government officials, other criminal justice agencies, crime victims attorneys and the general public.
"As one of the two current Deputy State's Attorneys, Mr. Richardson is familiar with the cases and investigations that are presently pending," the release said. "He is uniquely qualified to administer the office and its personnel as well as to maintain its policies and procedures, while identifying any improvements thereto, the overall impact of which is expected to be continued quality service for the citizens of Queen Anne's County."
Richardson (40) said he would run for election for a four-year term as state's attorney in 2010.
Lance Richardson said he will give his new job his full effort. "I will make sure I serve the citizens of this county to the fullest of my abilities," he said.