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Former foe to join state's attorney office as McLendon's deputy


Howard County State's Attorney Marna L. McLendon is bringing a former foe to her staff.

Dario Broccolino, who ran as a Democrat against McLendon in the 1994 general election for the post, will succeed her four-year deputy, Les Gross. Since 1988, Broccolino, 54, has served as the administrator of the Maryland State's Attorneys Association.

McLendon said Friday that Gross is leaving the office to "pursue other interests" and that his last day would be Dec. 31. He could not be reached for comment.

Broccolino will be sworn in with McLendon on Jan. 4 for the $89,000-a-year position.

After graduating from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1970, Broccolino worked for 17 years as a Baltimore assistant state's attorney in the white-collar crime division. He received a master's degree in tax law from the University of Baltimore in 1995.

"I think that office is on the threshold of greatness," Broccolino said. "They've got good, fine, young attorneys."

"I'm very excited to have Dario coming aboard," McLendon said. "He brings a tremendous cluster of skills and experience. He's been around a long time."

McLendon has said she expects to upgrade the office's computer and database system during her next term and plans to hire another deputy assistant state's attorney to oversee the project.

Pub Date: 12/06/98

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