Margaret D. Rappaport

Margaret D. Rappaport, shown in a 2009 photo with her teacup Yorkshire terrier Shayna Madel, who often accompanied Rappaport at her job as Howard County Circuit Court Clerk. Rappaport announced her retirement from the post this month. (Photo by Kitty Charlton / January 8, 2009)

Longtime Howard County Circuit Court Clerk Margaret D. Rappaport has retired from her position because of health reasons, according to a Maryland Judiciary news release.

Rappaport has served as clerk since she was elected to the post in 1990.

"Mrs. Rappaport has served the citizens of Howard County for many years," Administrative Judge Lenore R. Gelfman said in a statement. "She has consistently served the citizens of Howard County with distinction and dedication. We gratefully acknowledge her dedication and commitment to Howard County and extend our best wishes to her and her family."

As a result of Rappaport's sudden retirement, the Howard County judges unanimously appointed Chief Deputy Clerk Wayne A. Robey as acting Clerk of the Court effective Nov. 2.

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Robey, who has been employed by the clerk's office since Nov. 1986, was appointed Chief Deputy Clerk in March of 2006.

"As Acting Clerk, Mr. Robey will lead the Clerk’s Office in the efficient and courteous manner to which the public has been accustomed. Please join me in extending our best wishes to Mr. Robey in his new role," Gelfman said.

According to a Maryland Judiciary spokesperson, Robey will serve out the remainder of Rappaport's term, which ends in 2014.