Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski has appointed Kelly Beckham Madigan as Baltimore County’s first executive director for the administration’s new Baltimore County Office of Ethics and Accountability.
“Kelly brings a wealth of experience in litigation, deep professional integrity, and a passion for government accountability,” said Olszewski in a press release sent on Thursday. “I’m confident that she will help ensure that our government is held to the highest standards.”
Under Madigan, the office will work to identify any fraud, abuse or illegal acts in county government and will work as an independent and autonomous entity — separate and distinct from the county executive and county council.
The office will have unrestricted access to records and information and will publish a yearly report documenting investigations and efforts throughout the year.
Madigan currently serves as the deputy state prosecutor for the Maryland Office of the State Prosecutor, where she investigates and prosecutes public corruption, bribery, misconduct and election law crimes.
After former State Prosecutor Emmett Davitt’s Aug. 1 retirement, Madigan worked as as acting state prosecutor.
In 2018, Madigan assisted Davitt in the successful perjury conviction of former Baltimore County Public Schools Superintendent Shaun Dallas Dance after Deputy State Prosecutor Thomas “Mike” McDonough, who had led the investigation, retired just prior to the trial.
She also served as an assistant state’s attorney for 11 years in the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office, including two years as a supervising attorney and is a graduate of the University of Michigan and University of Baltimore School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude.
“I’m honored to join this administration’s innovative efforts to expand government accountability. The people of Baltimore County deserve to have the utmost faith in their government and I’m committed creating an independent watchdog to ensure that residents can feel confident that their public officials are held to the highest standards,” Madigan said.
Her appointment must be approved by the Baltimore County Council. If confirmed, she will serve a 5-year term.