Gov. William Donald Schaefer yesterday named Judge Alan M. Wilner of the Court of Special Appeals, former chief legal aide to Gov. Marvin Mandel, as the next chief judge of Maryland's second highest court.
He will succeed Judge Richard P. Gilbert, who plans to retire from the Special Appeals bench Nov. 1.
"I have every confidence you will do much to carry on the tradition of the good service and that the interest of the people and of our judiciary will be more than well served by this designation," Governor Schaefer wrote to Judge Wilner.
The governor also expressed "sadness" over Judge Gilbert's retirement and praised his "leadership, wisdom and unswerving dedication."
Judge Wilner, 53, has been a justice-at-large on Maryland's Court of Special Appeals since 1977.
The court was created in 1967 to ease the workload of the Court of Appeals. Judge Wilner was placed on the court by former Governor Mandel.