Prosecutor resigns from state's attorney's office McInerney is the 10th to leave amid grumbling about head of department

December 30, 1997|By Caitlin Francke | Caitlin Francke,SUN STAFF

Prosecutor Eileen McInerney has resigned from the Howard County State's Attorney's Office, becoming the 10th prosecutor to leave the office in 22 months.

McInerney, who recently won a second-degree murder conviction in the trial of former state trooper James Harding Jr., will join the state Attorney General's Office. McInerney will work in the criminal investigations section, according to a press release from State's Attorney Marna McLendon.

McLendon wrote in the release that McInerney has been committed to child-advocacy issues and cases since she arrived at the office two years ago.

"While a wonderful growth opportunity for Eileen professionally, we will genuinely miss her at the Circuit Court level," McLendon wrote.

McInerney, 34, was named the 1997 prosecutor of the year by the Howard County Chamber of Commerce.

Her resignation takes effect Jan. 6.

McInerney's departure means that nearly half of the office's 22 prosecutorial positions have been vacated since February 1996.

Assistant State's Attorney Sang Oh resigned this month to run his family's Ellicott City business.

The departures of so many prosecutors amid grumbling about McLendon's management style have become early political fodder in the 1998 race for state's attorney. Two local attorneys -- one from each party -- are contemplating challenges to McLendon, a Republican.

Pub Date: 12/30/97

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