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County Executive Alan McCarthy Releases Statement on SAO

Post Date:02/25/2019 2:09 PM


ELKTON, MD. – County Executive Alan McCarthy made the following statement today in regards to the recent resignation of Ms. Amanda Bessicks, State’s Attorney for Cecil County:

“Cecil County’s newly elected State’s Attorney, Ms. Amanda Bessicks’, sudden and unexpected resignation came as a complete and total surprise. While we wish Ms. Bessicks a full and speedy recovery, the reality is that this important position must be expeditiously filled with the most competent attorney available.

The State’s Attorney is a critical member of our law enforcement team, responsible for the investigation and prosecution of criminal cases; this key agency is the hub from which efforts by the Cecil County Executive, local and State of Maryland law enforcement agencies, and the Cecil County Circuit and District Court Judge’s discharge their duties as a team of professionals whose most important task is to promote the health, safety, and welfare of Cecil County’s citizens, businesses, and guests.

I have been in close contact with the Circuit Court Judges who will appoint Ms. Bessicks’ successor. My office works closely with the State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) and law enforcement on everything from budget formation to implementation of a strategic plan to guide the future of our County. The first step in the appointment process is a temporary internal appointment of an interim State’s Attorney to immediately stabilize the SAO’s Office and manage the daily operations and decision making of SAO professional staff. Second, a search will be conducted to find a permanent replacement to complete Ms. Bessicks’ current term in office.

I anticipate that the search for a ‘permanent’ successor will be local, regional, and perhaps national. Fulfillment of the goals and objectives of our strategic plan and the protection of our citizens requires the selection of an attorney with an established background demonstrating the responsible application of prosecutorial discretion, ethical, vigorous and successful prosecution of felony cases, experience forming and prudently utilizing a large budget, a track record of effectively managing high level professional staff, and a serious yet collegial temperament. I am confident that the Circuit Court Judges will identify and appoint an attorney with these qualifications, and I look forward to assisting the Court in any way that I can as the appointment process moves forward.”


Media contact:
Jennifer Lyall
Public Information Officer
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