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Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold could be permanently removed from office by a county council vote Wednesday.

The Anne Arundel County Council will meet in an emergency session Wednesday afternoon to introduce legislation that would declare a vacancy in the county executive's office.

The emergency session notice came Tuesday, shortly after the verdict was read in the trial for County Executive John R. Leopold. Based on recent charter amendments, the county council can declare a vacancy if an executive is found guilty and convicted of a felony or a crime involving moral turpitude, misfeasance or malfeasance in office.

Chief Administrative Officer John Hammond is now serving as acting Anne Arundel county executive as a result of the suspension of Leopold from his duties. The Maryland Constitution provides for suspension of an elected official upon a guilty finding in a criminal case. Leopold signed an executive order (attached to this article) declaring Hammond acting county executive.

The County Council will meet at 3 p.m. Wednesday in their chambers, located at 44 Calvert St. in Annapolis.

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TELL US: Do you think the county executive should be permanently removed from office? Leave a comment to let you know.

Edward Charles January 30, 2013 at 08:19 PM
correction: .... without political spin.
Jimmy January 30, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Sounds like you would enjoy emptying his catherter bag since you are already up his butt.
Chris W January 31, 2013 at 12:12 AM
There is. And as Jeff points out below, he has the right to an appeal before he is removed from office.
Edward Charles January 31, 2013 at 02:17 AM
The "vacancy" in his judgement and human decency is well documented.
patricia January 31, 2013 at 03:23 AM
If all of the county and state employees are represented buy a union, why were all of these employees afraid of losing their jobs, if they just said NO. I find this bizarre, if you want to blame him and his staff, then you also have to blame the union that was supposed to be protecting them from this type of abuse, isn't that what they were all paying dues for?

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