Maryland Acting Gov. Blair Lee III today appointed Gerald Glass, a U.S. public defender, to be Maryland's first special prosecutor with broad new power to investigate political corruption in the state.
"I have received no adverse reaction from any quarter," Lee said of the 35-year-old Glass, who headed the major fraud unit in the Baltimore State's Attorney Office until becoming a public defender in Baltimore last year.
Glass will start his six-year term immediately at a salary of about $41,000, Lee said at his weekly press conference. Glass was nominated for the job last week by a special panel set up in June to find a candidate for the job.
As the state's first special prosecutor, Glass will investigate political corruption cases involving public officials regardless of their location in the state. He can allow local prosecutors to take a case to trial or prosecute it himself.
The office of special prosecutor was created by the Maryland General Assembly and approved by voters in 1976 after Gov. Marvin Mandel was indicted on political corruption charges.Mandel was convicted of those charges in August.
Glass, one of 24 lawyers who applied for the job, is a graduate of the University of Maryland and University of Baltimore Law School. He has worked as an assistant city solicitor in Baltimore in addition to his work as a prosecutor and a public defender.