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Former Anne Arundel executive Leopold performing service hours at food bank

Former Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold is doing his court-ordered community service hours at Anne Arundel County Food & Resource Bank in Crownsville, following his release from jail on convictions for misconduct in office.

"He works in the front office for us," food bank Executive Director Bruce Michalec confirmed.

He said he did not want to discuss specifics, but that Leopold completed a week of community service and is expected to be there 40 hours a week for his 400 hours of community service.

Michalec said he has "built a workforce" around having inmates on work release from the county jail at the food bank, earning day-for-day off their sentences, and he currently has 12 prisoners there. He said he has one or two people in addition to Leopold performing community service hours there.

Judge Dennis M. Sweeney sentenced Leopold in March to 60 days in jail — half of which was on house arrest – followed by five years on probation and the community service hours. In addition, Leopold was fined $100,000.

Sweeney said Leopold, a Republican serving his second term as county executive, acted against the law when he directed his police security detail to do campaign work in 2010 and made them and another county worker empty the urinary catheter bag he used following back surgery. The verdict is being appealed.

Andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

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