New Harford deputy state's attorney appointed, sworn in

Diane Adkins Tobin, a veteran Harford County prosecutor, was sworn in Monday afternoon as the county's new deputy state's attorney, part of a reorganization of the state's attorney's office triggered in part by last month's appointment of a new Circuit Court judge.

Tobin's promotion from assistant to deputy was announced Friday by Harford State's Attorney Joe Cassilly, and she was sworn in Monday by Diane Burk, manager of the Circuit Court.

Prior to her promotion, Tobin served as a supervising attorney at the Child Advocacy Center, Cassilly said Friday.

Promoting Tobin to the deputy position is part of a minor restructuring effort after the former deputy state's attorney, H. Scott Lewis, wanted to step down from his position, Cassilly said. The other deputy state's attorney is Diana A. Brooks.

Cassilly waited until Friday to promote Tobin because of the Circuit Court judge vacancy, for which Tobin was a finalist, as were two other members of his staff, M. Elizabeth Bowen and Melissa L. Lambert. Bowen was appointed to the judgeship and sworn in Friday.

"When Diane was not chosen for the judgeship I thought, this [a deputy] is a good fit right now," Cassilly said. "She would do really well at this."

Lewis, the former deputy state's attorney, remains with the office, but wanted to be a trial attorney, Cassilly said. Tobin was already working in a supervisory position, he said, making the deputy state's attorney post a good choice for her.

In addition to working as an assistant state's attorney, Tobin's background includes a stint as an assistant state's attorney for Prince George's County and working as a staff counsel for the CAN Insurance Companies in Baltimore and the PMA Insurance Group in Hunt Valley.

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