BERLIN – One day after his successor was officially sworn in, former State’s Attorney for Worcester County Joel Todd was sworn in as a deputy state’s attorney in neighboring Wicomico County and immediately began working on cases in that jurisdiction.
Worcester County State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby was officially sworn in on Monday in Snow Hill while his predecessor, Todd, was preparing for a similar ceremony in Wicomico County the following day. In the days and weeks after losing to Oglesby in yet another close election, Todd began planning for the next phase of his prosecutorial career and landed back on his feet this week when he officially joined new Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matt Macciarello’s team.
Todd was officially sworn in on Tuesday, one day after Macciarello took office in Wicomico. Todd said this week he had planned to continue his career as a prosecutor after his failed bid for re-election in November and was pleased to have landed a position on Macciarello’s staff.
“Shortly after I found out I had lost the election, I sent out resumes around the state,” he said. “I interviewed in one county off the shore and recently entered into serious negotiations with Matt Macciarello. I am excited for the opportunity to work for a person the caliber of Matt, who I have known since he was a law clerk for the Circuit Court of Worcester County.”
In one of the most highly contested elections in recent county history, perhaps second only to a similar tight race in 2006 between the familiar opponents, Oglesby unseated the long-time incumbent Todd by a mere 93 votes when the final absentee and provisional ballots were counted in November. In 2006, Todd beat Oglesby by just 14 votes when the absentees and provisional ballots were tallied.
Despite the narrow defeat, Todd continued to pursue a similar position in the public sector and remain a prosecuting attorney. He said this week he is looking forward to getting back in the courtroom without the trappings and political implications of being the state’s attorney.
“Once again, I get to try cases and seek justice, unfettered by the distractions of being an administrator,” he said. “I never seriously considered private practice. I am a career prosecutor and did not want to switch sides. I have the utmost respect for defense attorneys, but I have never felt like that was the appropriate career choice for me.”