Steven Kroll, coordinator of the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association, has been assigned to prosecute the criminal case against Taneytown City Councilman Donald Frazier.
Kroll’s involvement follows a petition for the appointment of a special prosecutor filed by the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office on Nov. 2. An associate judge of the District Court granted the request the same day.
“We often bring in an outside prosecutor in cases where there could be a conflict of interest,” or a perceived conflict of interest, Jason League, chief deputy state’s attorney of Carroll County, told the Times Thursday.
“We routinely send conflict cases to [Kroll],” League added.
League said that Brian DeLeonardo, the state’s attorney for Carroll County, knows the Taneytown councilman and his wife, Robin Bartlett Frazier, who served as a Carroll County commissioner from 1998 to 2002 and 2010 to 2014.
The Fraziers attended DeLeonardo’s fundraisers, League said.
Kroll, who was appointed to his post in 2010, served for roughly 26 years as an assistant state’s attorney for Baltimore County.
He has been called on by various state’s attorney’s to prosecute cases.
Kroll was assigned in April to prosecute two criminal cases against a top campaign adviser to Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby, according to The Baltimore Sun. The city’s chief prosecutor won re-election.
Reached by the Times Friday, Kroll said he had accepted the case against Frazier but declined to comment further because he had not yet reviewed the case.
This week the City of Taneytown issued a code violation to Frazier after the criminal charges revealed that he was illegally renting at least one room and apartment in the basement of his single-family home. Taneytown’s code forbids renting of rooms or apartments in the R-10,000 Zoning District where the councilman’s Bentley Street home is located. The practice is not allowed even by special appeal to the city.
In the notice of violation letter, Taneytown ordered Frazier to stop renting rooms or apartments in his house by Nov. 22, or face fines from the city and — if the fines are not paid — a lien against his property. The letter also mandates that Frazier remove “sanitary and cooking facilities” modifications made to his basement to accommodate more residents.