Board Hires New County Attorney

The St. Mary’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday hired Christy Holt Chesser as the new County Attorney to replace the exiting John Norris III, effective March 20.

Chesser brings to St. Mary’s County extensive knowledge and experience in the field of law and in the court system of St. Mary’s County, a county release states.

She was most recently employed as a partner in the law firm Densford and Chesser. Her previous employment includes sole proprietor of her own law practice in Leonardtown from 1999 to 2005, positions as Assistant State’s Attorney and Deputy State’s Attorney in the Office of the State’s Attorney for St. Mary’s County, from 1989 to 1998, a position as Judicial Clerk for the Circuit Court for St. Mary’s County, from 1987 to 1989, and a position as Law Clerk/Associate Attorney for the Law Offices of Karen H. Abrams, from 1985 to 1987.

“We are very pleased to have Ms. Chesser on board as our new County Attorney,” said Commission President Tommy McKay. “We believe her expertise, which she has obtained locally, will serve the County and citizens well.”

Current Norris and Deputy County Attorney Heidi Dudderar are leaving their government positions to start a private practice together in Leonardtown.

Chesser received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland, School of Law, and holds a Bachelors Degree in English Literature from Washington College, Chestertown.  She was admitted to the Maryland Bar Association in 1985 and to the Federal Bar, United States District Court for the District of Maryland, in 1986.

The position salary is $102,000 annually.

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