CROOKED ST. MARY’S PART I: Fritz demoted prosecutor who uncovered financial scandal; now Deputy States Attorney Jaymi Sterling tells him to take his job and shove it.

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  • Jaymi Sterling with her husband, children and parents as she starts her new job as a prosecutor on Anne Arundel County, Md.

In my most recent role as the Deputy State’s Attorney, I uncovered questionable financial and personnel practices.

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Statement by Jaymi Sterling:

For the last nine and a half years, I had the distinct honor to serve the citizens of St. Mary’s County as an Assistant State’s Attorney, Senior Assistant State’s Attorney, Chief of Staff, and Deputy State’s Attorney. On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, I submitted my resignation from the office.

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In my most recent role as the Deputy State’s Attorney, I uncovered questionable financial and personnel practices. I took action to make sure these practices were reported to the appropriate authorities.

I am sad that I have no choice but to resign.

Deputy States Attorney Jaymi Sterling

In response, the State’s Attorney immediately demoted me for reporting these irregularities.

It is clear to me that I have an ethical and moral obligation to leave the office. I look back with pride on nearly a decade of pursuing justice for the citizens of St. Mary’s County.

I am sad that I have no choice but to resign.

I am hopeful my resignation is a touchpoint to start a culture change in the State’s Attorney’s Office

I want to thank you, the many wonderful people who I have worked with: the law enforcement officers who protect us all, the courtroom personnel who make our system work, our outstanding District and Circuit court judges, and the excellent defense counsel who show so much professionalism. I also want to thank the hardworking staff in the State’s Attorney’s office who help the important work in the office.

Serving the citizens of St. Mary’s County as a prosecutor has been the honor of a lifetime. Although I am disappointed to leave the office, I am hopeful my resignation is a touchpoint to start a culture change in the State’s Attorney’s Office that makes it more accountable to the citizens of St. Mary’s County.

Jaymi Sterling Biography

Deputy State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling serves as the administrative Deputy for the St. Mary’s County State’s Attorney’s Office. She earned her law degree from the University of Maryland, School of Law. She served as a Federal Law Clerk to the Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr. of the United States District Court of Maryland. As an Asper Fellow, Deputy SA Sterling interned with the Honorable Glenn T. Harrell, Jr. for the State’s highest Court, the Court of Appeals of Maryland. She previously worked in the private sector as an Associate for the Law Offices of Peter Angelos, P.C. in Baltimore City specializing in pharmaceutical liability cases. Deputy SA Sterling left private practice to pursue a career in public service as a prosecutor in Frederick County where she prosecuted District Court cases for a number of years prior to moving to St. Mary’s County to continue her work as a prosecutor. She has been a prosecutor since 2008 handling an array of misdemeanor and felony cases in the District and Circuit Courts including: assault, burglary, child abuse, domestic violence, drug, drunk driving, gun, homicide, robbery, sex offense and theft cases. Deputy SA Sterling was previously cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She is an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association’s Legislative Committee. Deputy SA Sterling often testifies in front of the Maryland General Assembly advocating for stronger laws to protect our community and for victims’ rights. She was recently awarded the “Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” for the State’s Attorney’s Office in addition to being named one of the “Leading Women” by The Daily Record. Deputy SA Sterling was recently re-elected as the president of the St. Mary’s County Bar Association and serves on the board for St. Mary’s County Shop with a Cop, Inc. as the vice-president.


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