TAINTED ELECTED OFFICIALS SWORN INTO OFFICE IN ST. MARY’S
By Ken Rossignol
THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY
LEONARDTOWN, MD. – The Sage of Baltimore wrote more than a hundred years ago that the common man knows what he wants and deserves to get it good hard. Being a newspaper reporter in Baltimore, H. L. Mencken had plenty of crooked politicians and nefarious manipulators of public money, policy, and laws to observe and be able to make such an observation. In St. Mary’s County, Maryland, voters in 1986 elected a commissioner candidate in the Democratic primary while he was serving time in jail. People do deserve whom they elect, and 2022 is no different.
St. Mary’s County voters have selected in the 2022 election new officials to take office and continue in office, and on December 5, 2022, many of them were sworn into new terms in office.
In January, the incoming States Attorney, Jaymi Sterling, will take office and put an end to the long reign of Rick Fritz after whipping him in a crushing defeat in the Republican Primary.
Fritz marked his last years in office by taking his staff to two conferences at an Ocean City resort, both of which were canceled due to the Covid Pandemic and blew thousands of dollars of tax money on his fun times at the beach for his special staff.
The 2022 election for Sheriff of St. Mary’s County was decided in the GOP primary as the depleted ranks of the Democratic Party barely posed any candidates for office, letting one commissioner race go uncontested in the General Election and four flighty lightweights who personified the national party of far-left fantasies.
Winning the post of Sheriff after securing the GOP nomination and not having an opponent in the General Election is Steve Hall, who was selected by former Sheriff Tim Cameron to be his designated successor. It was revealed in THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY two weeks before the primary election that Hall never bothered to disclose to Sheriff Wayne Pettit that he had been convicted of criminal assault in Colorado and sentenced to six days in jail. Hall was hired in 1994 to work as a jail guard in the last year of Sheriff Pettit’s third term. Later Hall was hired as a deputy and his most prominent command position was when he was in charge of special operations.
During that command post, Hall was present and in charge when live rounds from automatic weapons being used in a pop-up training session next to the Wildewood community resulted in live rounds entering a home and landing just a few feet from a sleeping infant. Sheriff Cameron said he was mortified that such a reckless event took place and promised a full investigation which he hid from public view.
Sheriff Steve Hall is the first Sherriff of St. Mary’s County to have a criminal background, which gives him a leg up in the history books.
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The Orphans Court Judges of St. Mary’s County is a regular Rouge’s Gallery. The Chief Judge, former Maryland State Trooper Michael White, is under investigation by the Maryland Judicial Disabilities Commission. Judge Albert Babcock was fired from his job as a St. Mary’s Sheriff’s Deputy for theft by Sheriff Wayne Pettit, and Judge William Mattingly took the 5th in a federal criminal trial.
The trial involved the false billing of the federal government of the firm St. Mary’s Disposal, where Mattingly served as the manager of the company, to keep from incriminating himself. Mattingly was never convicted of a crime and was elected to the St. Mary’s County Board of Education before winning a seat on the Orphans Court.
The Orphans Court Judges claim domain over the estates of those who die in St. Mary’s County and make decisions of incredible importance.
Sheriff Pettit said he would not tolerate dishonesty no matter how small and fired Deputy Albert Babcock for theft
St. Mary’s Orphans Court Judge Mattingly Invoked Fifth Amendment in Federal Corruption Trial
“Mattingly invoked the Fifth Amendment at the previous trial…“Assistant U. S. Attorney James C. Howard