Charlton T. Howard III. Photo: Courtesy of State Prosecutors Office
The Office of the State Prosecutor announced on Monday that Charlton T. Howard III has been sworn in as Maryland’s new state prosecutor.
“I am honored and humbled to assume this important role, and will do my best to combat public corruption and preserve the integrity of Maryland’s governmental institutions and political process” said Howard.
Howard who was appointed by Gov. Larry Hogan on Nov. 7, replaces former State Prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt who retired on August 1. Kelly Madigan, deputy state prosecutor, has been acting state prosecutor since Davitt’s departure.
Howard was previously an assistant attorney general and oversaw the state’s child support enforcement program and served as an assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore City where he was assigned to the Major Investigations Unit. He also worked for 22 years as a special agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) in various locations throughout the world, ultimately retiring as NCIS executive assistant director.
Howard also served on active duty as an intelligence officer in the United States Marine Corps, and later in the Marine Corps and Naval Reserves, retiring as a Navy Captain in 2007.
Howard is a 1980 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and a 1988 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Maryland Law Review. He subsequently also worked as clerk for the Honorable Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr., on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
The State Prosecutors Office has statewide jurisdiction over specific criminal offences which the prosecutor may investigate at his own discretion, or at the request of the governor, the attorney general, the General Assembly, the State Ethics Commission, or at the request of the State Attorney’s Office.
Those crimes include state election law violations; public ethics law violations; bribery law violations involving public officials or employees; misconduct in office by public officials or employees; and extortion, perjury, or obstruction of justice.
“The Office of State Prosecutor is essential to ensuring honesty and transparency in government,” said Governor Hogan. “I have every confidence in Mr. Howard’s abilities to root out corruption and serve as a strong advocate for the people of Maryland.”