Annapolis Sunday Capital (Newspaper) - December 29, 2013, Annapolis, Maryland
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We were resigned to an interesting year
By THERESA WINSLOW
If you think about it, 2013 was a lot like an episode of “Project Runway:”
“One day you’re in, and the next day you’re out.”
Of course, in the Lifetime network reality series, that applies to fashion designers.
On our list of Top 10 stories of the year, it applied to a lot of officials:
• John R. Leopold, out. Laura
• Josh Cohen, out. Mike Pantelides, in.
• Kevin M. Maxwell, out. Someone yet to be determined, in.
• Daryl Jones, used to be out, in again.
The circumstances of one departure in
particular were also something right out of reality TV. Urine bags, anyone?
Speaking of that, Leopold tops our 2013 list, as he did in 2012. In all. 46 stories were nominated by The Capital's staff.
The now-former county executive took top billing for a second time by resigning in
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February. His departure followed a conviction on two counts of official misconduct, for which he served jail time.
In being selected by the County Council,
Leopold’s replacement, Neuman, beat out 15 other candidates, some of them better known.
Although she has been on the job less than a year, Neuman has already been putting her own stamp on county policy.
She plans to run for a full term, squaring off against fellow Republican Steve Schuh, a delegate from north county, in the June primary.
Another election made our list: the Annapolis mayoral contest between Cohen and political newcomer Pantelides, who bested the incumbent by a mere 59 votes in the November balloting and took office Dec. 2.
Our list bounces back to county politics for No. 4 — the storm water fee for homeowners passed by the County Council. Neuman vetoed the bill, but was overridden by the councilmen
(See TOP 10, Page A7)
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• The Associated Press poll’s top 10 stories of 2013. A10
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NEUMANProminent women lead county into 2014Some say ‘good old boys’ still a problem
By ELISHA SAUERS [email protected]
Prosecutors Anne Colt Leitess and Michelle Smith were on the rise.
Leitess had just tried a death penalty case, and Smith was getting attention for her dogged work on a murder conviction that had been appealed and was on another go-round.
But with two young children at home, Smith was ready to leave her job in 1998 because it was taking a toll on her family. Leitess, also a mother of two at the time, didn’t want to see that happen.
They floated an unconventional idea to their bosses: Why not split one job in two?
At first it didn’t seem plausible. A state law banned part-time employment at their agency.
“Being creative and resourceful and strong women, we decided that wre would go ahead and change the law,” Smith said.
They wrote a bill, moved it through the legislature, got it passed and were the first two people to have a
job sharing arrangement in the State's Attorney s Office They did this for about eight years, though it required them to leave Circuit Court to work on smaller cases in
“It’s hard to have it all at the same time," Leitess said. “I’ve seen some women in this office who were afraid to take that step back because you think that you re going to lose something along the way.”
That career risk doesn’t appear to have hindered
Leitess in the long run.
As Anne Arundel County’s first madam state’s attorney, she leads the jurisdiction's prosecutors into 2014. while the county government, public schools and community college also are headed by female leaders: County Executive Laura Neuman, interim schools Supei intendent Mamie J. Perkins and college President Dawn Lindsay Also this year — albeit for a short time — a woman commanded’the Anne Arundel County police when Deputy Chief Pamela Davis took charge of the department during the search to replace ex-chief Larry Tolliver While it’s nothing new to see women in local leadership roles, to have this many in the highest ranks at one time is noteworthy.
(See WOMEN. Page A6)
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