Janice Bledsoe

Career public defender joins Baltimore State's Attorney leadership team

Career public defender joins Baltimore State's Attorney leadership team

The Baltimore State's Attorney's Office announced the hiring of a longtime public defender to serve as a deputy, with two other deputies moving to new roles.

Valda Ricks, who had been with the Maryland public defender's office for 25 years, will become a new deputy state's attorney overseeing operations, according to an email sent to employees of the office. The current deputy overseing operations, Patricia DeMaio, will oversee the major crimes division, with the current head of major crimes moving to a new position of "chief counsel."

Ricks' hiring brings another longtime defense attorney into a top leadership position in the city prosecutor's office under...

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