Assistant State's Attorney Melba Elizabeth Bowen was appointed by Gov. Martin O'Malley to the Harford County Circuit Court vacancy, just in time for Jan. 9 to file for candidacy in the next election, according to a press release.
The vacancy was left by the retirement of Judge Thomas E. Marshal earlier this year. The Judicial Nominating Commission was tasked with recommending replacements to O'Malley and a few months ago offered five people, Bowen among them.
Bowen said Thursday evening she is "incredibly honored" to be chosen.
"Many, many other people spoke to the governor on my behalf and I am appreciative of their efforts and of their goodwill," Bowen said. "And I'm going to do my very best to live up to the trust that they and the governor have placed in me."
In her duties at the Harford County State's Attorney's Office, Bowen supervised six lawyers. She has been a prosecutor with the office for the past 29 years, supervising in the Circuit Court and Harford County District Court, according to a press release from the governor's office.
Bowen has also been chairman of the board of the Harford County Child Advocacy Center since 1993, according to the press release. The CAC joins prosecutors with police officers, social workers, forensic interviewers, counselors and a pediatrician for sexual and physical child abuse.
She graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law, according to the press release.
Bowen was recommended along with Melissa Lazarich Lambert and Diane Adkins Tobin from the state's attorney's office, but State's Attorney Joseph Cassilly, who applied for the judgeship, was not one of the nominees.
Also recommended were District Court Judge Victor Butanis and Cecil County's Deputy State's Attorney Kerwin Anthony Miller Sr.
O'Malley appointed Bowen prior to January, allowing her to file for candidacy in the 2012 primary and general elections, when she can be elected to a full 15-year term.
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