Baltimore County's understaffed law office got some reinforcements this week as a new deputy attorney and two staff lawyers were hired.
Virginia W. Barnhart, who has been with the Towson office of Miles & Stockbridge for 10 years, will be the new $70,000-a-year deputy county attorney, starting Dec. 6. Michele S. Towson and Constance A. Tucker, the new staff lawyers, already have started work.
All three received law degrees from Maryland law schools. A source said the hirings are the result of County Executive Roger B. Hayden's desire to bring more female attorneys into the county law office.
County Councilman Douglas B. Riley, R-4th, who is also a lawyer at Miles & Stockbridge, recommended Ms. Barnhart for the post. County Attorney Stanley J. Schapiro said Ms. Barnhart, chosen from 10 applicants, "was top of the line."