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New administrative judge says he hopes for good relationship with county

Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. says 'I won't be frivolous with the county's money'

July 19, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com
  • Judge Kenneth M. Long Jr., middle, talks with Washington County Commissioners Bill McKinley, left, and John Barr after he was welcomed as the county's new administrative judge.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr., the new administrative judge for the Washington County Circuit Court, told the Washington County Board of Commissioners Tuesday that he hopes to have a good relationship with the panel.

"I won't be over unless it's anything we really need to talk about, and I won't be frivolous with the county's money," Long said at reception to welcome him to the job.

Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Robert M. Bell appointed Long to the top administrative post effective June 29. Long succeeded Judge John H. McDowell, who had held the position since 2008.

Long, a former county state's attorney, said he was still adjusting to his new responsibilities.

"I've discovered in the last couple of weeks that there's a whole lot of administrative things going on over in the Circuit Court that had never really occurred to me, so I'm in the middle of a learning curve right now," he said.

The administrative judge's duties include supervision of all judges, officers and employees of the court; supervision and disposition of cases; control of the trial calendar; preparation of the court's budget; and ordering the purchase of equipment and supplies, among other responsibilities.

Long said he hoped to "continue with the same kinds of things we've done in the past so we can build on that."

He said he had a good relationship with the commissioners as the county's prosecutor, but had not been to a commissioners' meeting since 2004 and did not know the current officials.

"I really felt it was important to come over promptly and introduce myself and get reacquainted with the county commissioners and assure you that we are most interested in having a good working relationship with the county commissioners," he said.

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