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Hogan appoints four to circuit court bench

Gov. Larry Hogan announced the appointment Friday of four circuit court judges, including three to the bench in Prince George’s County.

District Court Judges Erik Nyce and Karen Mason will replace retired Judges Maureen M. Lamasney and Michael P. Whalen, respectively. Assistant State’s Attorney Dorothy M. Engel will replaced retired Judge Julia B. Weatherly.

In Allegany County, Jeffrey S. Getty of Geppert, McMullen, Paye & Getty in Cumberland, will replace retired Judge Gary G. Leasure.

“After conducting a thorough vetting process, I am confident that Judge Nyce, Judge Mason, Ms. Engel, and Mr. Getty are the most qualified candidates to fill these vacancies,” Hogan said in a statement. “Their extensive legal experience has prepared them to be strong advocates for the law and the citizens of their respective counties, and I offer my sincere congratulations.”

The appointments take effect immediately.