Another prosecutor resigns from county Singleton is seventh to depart since early '96


Another prosecutor has resigned from the office of Howard County State's Attorney Marna McLendon, bringing to seven the number who have left since early last year.

The office has 22 prosecutorial positions. Turnover in the state's attorney's office has been comparatively high during McLendon's nearly three-year tenure. Last year, a higher percentage of prosecutors in her office resigned than in state's attorney's offices in Baltimore, Anne Arundel or Harford counties.

Ann Singleton, a prosecutor assigned to District Court, submitted her resignation about 10 days ago.

A brief statement released by McLendon states that Singleton, 47, a former assistant state attorney general, has been a "tremendous asset" to the office, particularly in the area of drunken-driving and domestic violence cases. The statement said Singleton is leaving "to follow other pursuits," but did not specify what they are.

"The entire staff of the state's attorney's office wishes her well," the statement reads. "In her resignation, [Singleton] expresses her gratitude for having the opportunity to serve as a prosecutor in Howard County."

Deputy State's Attorney Les Gross would not comment further.

Singleton -- who was hired under McLendon's administration -- did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Last year, six prosecutors resigned from the office amid grumbling about McLendon's management style. Prosecutors privately complained that McLendon was more of a politician than a prosecutor.

McLendon, who was not available for comment yesterday, denied the allegations at the time. "I am anything other than a politician," she said last year.

Four of the six prosecutors went into private practice. Another joined the Attorney Grievance Commission. The sixth took early retirement.

Nine prosecutors left the office in 1995 -- six of whom McLendon asked to resign shortly after she was elected on a campaign promise to change the office's operations.

McLendon replaced Democrat William R. Hymes, who was state's attorney for 16 years before retiring in 1994.

Pub Date: 9/24/97

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