Harford County Circuit Court Judge William O. Carr has spent more than 20 years as the administrative judge for the county's court, overseeing all administrative, budget and scheduling matters, but starting Monday, his colleague, Judge Angela M. Eaves, is taking over that role.
Carr, 66, will remain on the bench as a trial judge, according to a statement issued Friday by the Maryland Judiciary Office in Annapolis.
According to the statement, Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, appointed Eaves as the administrative judge after Carr told Barbera that he felt "his administrative responsibilities should be transitioned to new leadership" as he considers retiring.
Eaves' appointment takes effect Monday. She will be responsible for administrative functions, the budget and purchases and the trial calendars.
Eaves has served as a circuit judge since late 2007. She was a was a District Court judge from 2000 until her appointment to the Circuit Court. She was the first woman judge on the Harford Circuit Court.
"Judge Eaves is both an accomplished jurist and an astute manager, which makes her uniquely qualified for this new assignment," Barbera stated.
Carr's 15-year term, his second, ends in 2017. The Havre de Grace native became an associate judge on the Circuit Court in 1984, and he was appointed as the administrative judge in May of 1994. He became the chief judge for the Circuit Court in 2004, according to the Maryland Manual On-Line website.
Before his appointment as a judge, Carr served as a Bel Air town commissioner and mayor, as the counsel for the Harford County Board of Education and the Harford Community College Board of Trustees.
Circuit Court judges have a mandatory retirement age of 70; however, they can and often do continue to work on an as-needed, part-time basis.
Eaves was born in Panama, and she grew up in Texas. She is the first black and first female Circuit Court judge for Harford County. She has also practiced law as a prosecutor in Dallas, as well as with the Harford County Legal Aid Bureau and the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, according to the news release.
Her current term on the bench ends in 2023.