Howard County prosecutor Gage abruptly quits

October 13, 1999|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A top Howard County prosecutor abruptly resigned yesterday, saying she wanted to become a private attorney.

Christine B. Gage was a team leader who was supervising two other attorneys in the county state's attorney's office. She has worked for the Howard office since 1991. Before that, she was a prosecutor in Baltimore County for six years.

"It was time for me to move on," Gage said. "I resigned today, and I'm leaving today."

The news that Gage had resigned and was leaving so quickly shocked prosecutors and others in the courthouse. Most said they didn't understand why Gage, a veteran prosecutor, would suddenly leave.

"I have loved being a prosecutor," Gage said. "I look forward to the next part of my career."

Gage has handled several high-profile cases and was the office's liaison to Harper's Choice village. Howard State's Attorney Marna L. McLendon said she will miss Gage.

"She has done some fine work," McLendon said.

McLendon said she appointed prosecutor Sue-Ellen Hantman to be the prosecutor in charge of the HotSpot initiative in Long Reach village. Hantman replaces prosecutor Joeday Newsom, who this summer left the office for private practice in Prince George's County.

McLendon said Hantman also will handle the new HotSpot effort in Harper's Choice.

This month, McLendon also promoted prosecutor Jim Dietrich from District Court to Circuit Court.

Pub Date: 10/13/99

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