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Hogan appoints 2 to Worcester County bench

Gov. Larry Hogan announced two Worcester County Circuit Court appointments Thursday, including the first woman appointed to the court in its history.

Magistrate Mary M. Kent, who has served since 1996, and Worcester County State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby were both appointed to fill vacancies left by the retirement of Judges Thomas C. Groton III and Richard R. Bloxom.

“After a careful and thorough vetting process, I am confident that Mary Kent and Beau Oglesby are the most qualified candidates to fill these vacancies,” Hogan said in a prepared statement. “Their dedication to the practice of law and history of involvement in the Worcester community will serve them well in these new positions.”

Kent served as a staff attorney for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency then worked in private practice before becoming a domestic relations and juvenile causes magistrate for the First Judicial Circuit.

Oglesby has been the county’s prosecutor since 2011 and was previously deputy state’s attorney for Caroline County and a prosecutor in Dorchester and Wicomico counties.

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