Carroll County State’s Attorney Brian DeLeonardo has been elected president of the the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association by its governing board. The organization represents the 24 Maryland state’s attorneys, including DeLeonardo.
“It is a great honor to be recognized by your peers and to serve as president of MSAA,” DeLeonardo is quoted as saying in a Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office media release. “I will do my utmost to represent the association and the interest of the citizens of Maryland, but in particular those of Carroll County.”
DeLeonardo will be the first president of the association to hail from Carroll County, according to Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association Executive Director Steven Kroll.
“Brian is very well regarded by his peers and most deserving of this position,” Kroll is quoted as having said in the release. “I look forward to working with him during his term as president.”
DeLeonardo had previously served as the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association legislative chair, according to the release, and in his new role will preside over the organization’s monthly meetings and help set its agenda.
“The importance of the organization is it allows a forum for us to advocate for issues of public safety,” DeLeonardo told the Times in an interview. “We advocate for things that we believe will help public safety in our particular area, but it also allows us to work together with other jurisdictions on issues they may have.”
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Many crime issues, such as drug trafficking and associated violent crime, cut across jurisdictions, DeLeonardo said, and he noted that working together with other state’s attorneys can help cut down crime among his own constituency, even as he aids other counties in policing theirs.
“I think we have to recognize that the issues from other areas affect us and will continue to affect us in the future if we are not part of the solution elsewhere,” he said. “I think what I am most proud of is that I think our county has a seat at the table. We have an ability to say, ‘Here is what we are doing, here is what works, here are some other solutions that perhaps other people have not looked at.’ I think that’s important.”
An important aspect of the work DeLeonardo said he hopes to uphold as president is what he believes is the association’s tradition of nonpartisanship.
“Whether it’s a Democrat state’s attorney or a Republican state’s attorney, whether it’s a state’s attorney from Baltimore city or Carroll County, we will sit shoulder to shoulder and advocate for legislation,” he said. “We really keep the politics aside and work on solutions. We will do that across party lines. How often do you think that happens?”