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John Leopold Resigns As Anne Arundel Co. Exec

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Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold has resigned, days after being found guilty of misconduct in office.

In a three-paragraph letter announcing his decision, Leopold admitted to "serious errors in judgment" after a "compelling and humbling experience" of sitting through the two weeks of his trial.

On Tuesday, a circuit court judge found him guilty of two counts of misconduct in office. One of those counts related to Leopold using his security detail to perform political activities while on the job.

The other involved making a secretary and members of his detail empty his urine catheter bag for months in 2010.

The 69-year-old Republican will be sentenced March 14.

His resignation comes before the Anne Arundel County council was scheduled to meet Monday and vote on whether to declare the county executive position vacant. Chief Administrative officer John Hammond will be the acting county executive.


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