On Friday February 1, Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold formally resigned from office, following his suspension from that position in the wake of court proceedings. During the brief period of suspension, the County Council had named John Hammond, the county’s Chief Administrative Officer, to serve as acting county executive. That placement appears to now hold until the Council acts to confirm a replacement to complete the remainder of the four year term. From coverage in the Washington Post:
Leopold’s resignation removed a thorny dilemma for the Anne Arundel County Council, which was scheduled to vote Monday on whether to declare his position vacant, effectively firing him and laying the groundwork to hire a replacement. The county attorney, however, had warned that would be premature, since under state law, Leopold’s conviction does not take effect until sentencing, scheduled for March.
Council member Richard B. Ladd (R-District 5) said Leopold’s resignation makes the vote moot.
“We’re relieved and happy that things unfolded as they did today,” he said. “We all feel the same way.”
According to Ladd, the council should publish an ad for a new county executive next week and hold public hearings about potential candidates in the latter half of February.