With the resignation of one of the county's top prosecutors, an assistant state's attorney who primarily handles drug cases has been promoted at the Howard state's attorney's office.
Mary Murphy, a county prosecutor for about four years, will become one of three senior assistant state's attorneys Oct. 23, Howard State's Attorney Marna McLendon announced Friday.
"She's a very able attorney," Ms. McLendon said. "We believe she's a leader."
Ms. Murphy, a 30-year-old Timonium resident, will replace Joseph Murtha, who resigned last week to become an associate with a private law firm in Baltimore. He has been with the state's attorney's office for five years.
As a senior prosecutor, Ms. Murphy will continue handling major drug cases as well as other serious criminal cases in Howard Circuit Court.
Meanwhile, Assistant State's Attorney Sang Oh will be transferred from the Howard District Court division of the state's attorney's office to fill Ms. Murphy's position.
He has been a county prosecutor for eight months.
To fill the District Court job, Ms. McLendon has hired Lara Weathersbee, a recent law school graduate who is the daughter of Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Frank R. Weathersbee.