Anne Arundel County Executive Leopold Resigns Effective Immediately

By Matthew Stabley
|  Friday, Feb 1, 2013  |  Updated 5:25 PM EDT
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Leopold Resigns Effective Immediately

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Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold submitted his resignation effective immediately Friday.

Judge Dennis Sweeney found Leopold guilty on two counts of misconduct in office on Tuesday. One of those counts related to Leopold using his security detail to perform political activities while on the job. The other involved making a secretary and members of his detail empty his urine catheter bag for months in 2010.

"It was a compelling and humbling experience for me to sit through two weeks of the trial and listen intently to the words expressed by the Court," his resignation letter reads. "I acknowledge the serious errors in judgment that I made and do not want these errors in judgment to further distract the County from its ability to move forward in a positive way."

The two-term Republican was suspended as county executive after the judge's decision. Anne Arundel County Chief Administrative Officer John Hammond will continue to serve as acting county executive.

Leopold is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

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