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Hogan names new circuit court judges in Howard, Caroline, Dorchester counties

Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday appointed new circuit court judges for Howard, Caroline and Dorchester counties, his office announced.

The new judges include Heather L. Price, who has been a Caroline County District Court judge since March; William “Bill” H. Jones, who has been the Dorchester County state’s attorney since 2009; and Stephanie Picard Porter, who has been a magistrate in Howard County Circuit Court since 2015.

“It is my pleasure to appoint these distinguished individuals to serve in our state’s judicial system,” Hogan said in a prepared statement. “Our state is gaining an immensely talented and principled group of judges who will honorably serve the citizens of their respective counties and Maryland in the years to come.”

Hogan’s office provided short biographies of each new circuit court judge.

Price previously served as the assistant city attorney and the chief legal services officer in the City of Frederick, according to Hogan’s office. She was also an assistant county attorney for the Anne Arundel County Office of Law, worked in several law firms, and served the county attorney for Caroline County before she was appointed to serve as a district judge there in March.

Jones previously served as a police officer on the Eastern Shore and then as a public defender in Wicomico County before opening his own practice, which focused on transactional and litigation issues, according to Hogan’s office. He joined the Dorchester County State’s Attorney’s Office in 2002 and has been the county’s state’s attorney since 2009. He has also served as an adjunct professor for the past 20 years.

Picard Porter spent 14 years in the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office, where she focused on child abuse, sex offenses and gang-related crimes, Hogan’s office said. She has been a magistrate in Howard County Circuit Court since 2015, and has presided over family law issues, juvenile matters and settlement conferences.

All three of the new judges received their J.D.s from the University of Baltimore School of Law, Hogan’s office said.