In filling two judicial vacancies Friday, Gov. Larry Hogan appointed a Westminster attorney to the Carroll County bench who was previously appointed but unseated in an election last year.
Richard R. Titus was appointed in 2016 to the Carroll County Circuit Court but lost his seat last November to challenger Maria Oesterreicher, who with 53.1% of the vote became the first female circuit court judge in the county’s history.
When a new vacancy opened earlier this year with the retirement of Judge J. Barry Hughes, Titus — who in the interim had returned to his law firm Hollman, Maguire, Titus, Korzenewski & Luzuriaga Chtd. — submitted his name again.
The county’s judicial nominating commission sent Titus’ name to the governor along with those of attorneys Samantha Z. Smith and Laura Guadalupe Morton-Coleman.
On Friday, Titus declined to comment on his appointment beyond expressing his gratitude.
“I’m humbled at the confidence Gov. Hogan has shown in me and I look forward to getting back to serving the citizens of Carroll County,” he said.
Hogan also appointed Victor Manuel Del Pino to the bench in Montgomery County District Court. A partner with McGann, Del Pino and Hughes LLC in Rockville, Del Pino also served as a prosecutor in the county.
“The appointment of qualified individuals to serve across our state’s justice system is paramount to upholding our responsibilities to the people of Maryland and the rule of law,” Hogan said in a statement. “I have confidence that Mr. Titus and Mr. Del Pino will be strong advocates for the law and will serve the citizens of Carroll County and Montgomery County admirably.”