Ocean City Today

Gov. Hogan to interview five applicants for Circuit Court

By Brian Gilliland | Oct 19, 2017

(Oct. 20, 2017) Ten applicants have been narrowed to five in the search to replace retired Circuit Court Judges Thomas Groton and Richard Bloxom.

Both judges will continue to sit for cases as “senior judges” though they are limited to a certain amount of days per year they are able to serve.

Both Bloxom and Groton said they intend to stay for the foreseeable future. According to state law, judges are required to retire when they turn 70. Groton hit the milestone in August, and Bloxom in September.

Worcester County has three Circuit Court judges, so with the retirement of two of them, the remaining judge, Brian Shockley, assumed Groton’s old post of administrative judge.

The five candidates to be interviewed by Gov. Larry Hogan are: Jeffrey Cropper, David Gaskill, Mary Kent, Beau Oglesby and Regan Smith.

Though there is no timeline to make a decision, Hogan is expected to make his choices relatively soon.

Judge Groton served as a judge of the District Court of Maryland beginning in 1983 and was Worcester County’s District Administrative Judge of that court from 1985-1990. In January 1990, Groton was appointed as an associate judge on the Circuit Court for Worcester County.

Judge Bloxom began his judicial career in 1990 in the District Court, and moved to Circuit Court in 2005.

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