Former GOP state's attorney candidate tapped for Anne Arundel County police liaison position

Phil Davis
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A former deputy state’s attorney who was fired by the county’s top prosecutor and then tried to unseat him has been hired as a legal liaison to county police, the department that most directly works with her former boss.

Kathy Rogers, who was fired by incumbent Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams during his first day in office in 2015, was hired by the county attorney only a few months after she lost her GOP primary bid in June to unseat Adams. She said she started Aug. 28.

Rogers is handling issues of civil liability, internal affairs investigations and other issues. County attorney Nancy Duden said Rogers was hired on a 1,500-hour contract to “fill a gap” after the previous liaison, Jay Creech, became a liaison to the county’s fire department. County spokesman Owen McEvoy said Rogers is paid $65 an hour.

Duden downplayed any possible conflict, saying Rogers and Adams work in separate capacities and would rarely cross paths, if ever. She added the decision wasn’t politically driven, saying “we have had a history in this office to have that filled by former state’s attorneys.”

Rogers was one of a handful of assistant state’s attorneys Adams fired his first week in office in 2015 after defeating then-Democratic State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess during the 2014 general election. Colt Leitess is campaigning against Adams to reclaim the office in November.

When Rogers first announced her candidacy in September 2017, Adams said she “had primary responsibility for implementing the failed policies of” Colt Leitess “that led to increased crime, lenient plea deals and dysfunctional relationships with other branches of law enforcement.”

During the campaign, Rogers helped lead a chorus of former employees alleging that Adams was a “bully” who caused scores of veteran attorneys and other employees to leave the office.

Adams has touted his relationship with Anne Arundel police in campaign ads and mailers. Signs across the county prominently display the endorsement from Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 70, the union representing county police officers.

Union president O’Brien Atkinson said despite their endorsement of her opponent, there’s “no animosity about the campaign.”

“From the union’s perspective,” he added, “we have never had an issue with Kathy Rogers.”

Rogers said her new position is “a natural extension of what I was doing before” and that she continues to be “a strong advocate of the police department.”

In a statement, Adams avoided the conflict, saying “I wish Ms. Rogers the best of luck” and he’s “sure she will draw on her experience in the county to fulfill the responsibilities of her new role.”

This story has been clarified to reflect Rogers' position at the time of her firing as well as the day she was fired.
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