Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Reports say Anne Arundel County Councilman Jamie Benoit accused the police chief of retaliating and using homophobic slurs toward officers who testified against the former county executive.
County Councilman Jamie Benoit (D-Crownsville) requested an investigation of Police Chief Larry Tolliver by County Executive Laura Neuman, in response to complaints that Tolliver retaliated against police officers who testified against former executive John Leopold, according to The Baltimore Sun. Benoit accused Tolliver of using homophobic slurs and reassigning officers in retribution for their roles in Leopold's criminal trial, which led to the executive's resignation and 30-day jail sentence, according to the report. Tolliver told The Sun that no reassignments were made as demotions, and denied any wrongdoing. Neuman told The Capital Gazette that an investigation into the allegations is underway, which is standard protocol for such …
Friday, April 12, 2013
John Leopold, former Anne Arundel County executive, left jail Friday after serving a 30-day sentence for misconduct.
John Leopold, the former Anne Arundel County executive found guilty on two counts of criminal misconduct in January, was released Friday after serving a 30-day jail sentence. Leopold will continue to serve 30 days on house arrest, according to his sentencing. After starting his political career 43 years ago as a state representative in Hawaii, the 70-year-old faces his first time out of elected office since 1995, according to Maryland State Archives. Patch wants to know what readers think Leopold should do next. Vote in our poll. Editor's note: The poll has been published to all eight Patch websites in Anne Arundel County.
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The former county executive was sentenced to two years in jail with all but 60 days suspended.
Former Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold was sentenced to two years in jail with all but 60 days suspended. Leopold was sentenced Thursday in Anne Arundel Circuit Court in Annapolis. He was convicted of two counts of misconduct in office in January. According to ABC News Leopold will serve 30 days in jail and 30 days on house arrest. He will also pay a $100,000 fine and is expected to complete 400 hours of community service. This is a breaking news story. Patch will update it when more information is available. See more:
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Former county executive John Leopold, 70, is set to be sentenced on Thursday and prosecutors do not recommend he be incarcerated.
State prosecutors are not recommending any jail time for John Leopold, the former county executive of Anne Arundel County convicted of two counts of misconduct in office in January. The state prosecutor wrote in a sentencing memo released Tuesday that Leopold's "deliberate, egregious, abusive and wrongful conduct" merits incarceration. However, the prosecutor didn't recommend incarceration because of Leopold's age and health issues. The recommendation instead is for: Patch previously reported that prosecutors of the case claimed that Leopold misused his security detail—which is paid for by the county—by ordering the officers to collect campaign donations, distribute campaign signs, empty Leopold's catheter bag of urine, drive him to sexual…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The most recent addition to the Anne Arundel team includes NASA contractor Richard Durkee as director of information technology.
On Wednesday, Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman named Davidsonville resident Richard Durkee the new director of information technology. Durkee, currently a NASA contractor, will lead the "modernization of county government" starting March 4, according to a press release. This proclamation comes after The Capital-Gazette reported that Neuman had to order a computer for her office and that former county executive John Leopold was not known to be "tech savvy." “Richard Durkee will develop a plan to make this County work smarter through better use of technology,” Neuman said in a prepared statement. “Data is the key to efficiency and measuring results.” In addition to his experience as a contractor providing information technology …
Friday, February 22, 2013
Laura Neuman said she will make Anne Arundel County a leader in Maryland.
Anne Arundel's new county executive, Laura Neuman, was sworn into office on Friday morning at the county courthouse in the company of her family. Neuman recited the words that formalized her office, while standing next to her daughter, Avery, and son, Alex—who both beamed and waved for the cameras. After the ceremony, Neuman laid out a portion of her plans as executive. "We will be a leader in the state, and I look forward to meeting that effort. We will restore confidence in the executive branch of government in Anne Arundel County," she said. "I am truly honored to have this opportunity. Thank you." Neuman assumed the office of county executive almost exactly 12 hours after Thursday night's County Council meeting, where she received the …
The chief executive officer of Howard County’s Economic Development Authority will be sworn into office at 10 a.m. Friday in Annapolis.
UPDATE (11:45 a.m.)—Laura Neuman, who was selected to be the new county executive, was greeted with a rush of applause moments after she received a majority vote Thursday from the Anne Arundel County Council. Neuman, 46, is a native of Anne Arundel County and the CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority. She gave a rousing speech during her interview with council members on Thursday night, laying her whole life bare—her trials and successes in making her own way in the world. Neuman earned a master's in business administration without a high school diploma or undergraduate degree, worked at T. Rowe Price, and Hilton Hotels before earning a name for herself in Maryland. "It is truly an honor to serve," Neuman said after she …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
On Thursday night, the County Council voted in Laura Neuman—an economic development official from Howard County.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Five Republicans looking to be appointed as the next Anne Arundel county executive spoke in Odenton Thursday night. The county council will hold a meeting on Feb. 21 to vote on candidates.
Five Republicans seeking to be the next Anne Arundel county executive spoke before a packed house in Odenton Thursday, with the county council just days away from voting to appoint a successor to John Leopold. The candidates included a state delegate, a former first lady, a former Marine and businessman, a former state trooper, and a past head of the county’s Department of Recreation and Parks. They represented more than half of the nine candidates who have publicly stated an interest in the position, though potential candidates can apply until noon Friday. By law, all of the candidates are Republican and live in Anne Arundel County. Those that spoke Thursday included: Kendel Ehrlich—an attorney and former first lady of Maryland Steve …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Anne Arundel County Council is set to appoint the next executive on Feb. 21.
As of Wednesday, there have been no applications submitted for the open Anne Arundel County Executive position, and the deadline for application is Friday. But a handful of local politicians have their eyes on the seat. The county council is set to select a successor for former county executive John R. Leopold later this month. Leopold resigned on Feb. 1, shortly after he was found guilty of two counts of misconduct in office. Since then, Leopold's Chief Administrative Officer John Hammond has been serving as executive. Leopold's term was set to expire in 2014. The person appointed by the council later this month would only serve out the remainder of Leopold’s term, and an election in 2014 would choose the next executive. Candidates must …