Richard Roger Titus was appointed the new judge of the Carroll County Circuit Court on Wednesday, replacing Michael Galloway, who retired at the beginning of the month.
Titus, who has practiced law for more than 25 years, will join Judges J. Barry Hughes, Thomas F. Stansfield and Fred S. Hecker on the bench.
"I'm still in shock," Titus said Wednesday evening. "I'm humbled to have been selected from such a distinguished group of applicants. I look forward to joining the bench and serving the citizens of Carroll County as soon as possible."
Gov. Larry Hogan made the appointment after reviewing nominees from the judicial nominating commission for Carroll County.
"After conducting a thorough vetting process, I am confident that Mr. Titus will be a strong advocate for the law and for the citizens of Carroll County," Hogan said in a prepared statement. "Mr. Titus' decades of legal experience in Carroll County have prepared him well for this appointment and I offer my sincere congratulations."
Titus is currently a principal in the law firm of Hollman, Maguire, Titus & Korzenewski, Chtd. His previous experience also includes clerking for a Carroll County Circuit Court judge, clerking for a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge and working at the law firm of Burdow & Noble, P.C.
Titus graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Circuit Court judges serve for one year, after which they must run in nonpartisan elections if they wish to continue serving. If re-elected, they serve for 15 years.
Titus was chosen from the judicial nominating commissions' four finalists, which also included attorneys Erin Danz, J. Michael Earp and Samantha Zanger Smith.
Carroll County State's Attorney Brian DeLeonardo said all of the finalists were extremely qualified.
"It was a tough choice for the governor," DeLeonardo said. "Judge Titus will be a great addition to the bench. He's very fair, thoughtful and intelligent. We're certainly very pleased."