Karen Dean named Wicomico Circuit judge

Karen Martin Dean has been named to succeed Leah J. Seaton as a Wicomico County Circuit Court judge.

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan made the appointment announcement on Thursday.

Karen Martin Dean.

The local Trial Courts Judicial Nominating Commission had sent the names of Dean, Kendra Elise Hayward and Mark Andrew Tyler to Hogan for his consideration.

Dean’s selection was one of three statewide announced by the governor.

“The appointment of these qualified individuals to serve across our state’s justice system is paramount to upholding our responsibilities to the people of Maryland and the rule of law,” Hogan said. “I have every confidence that (these judges) will continue to be strong advocates for the law and will serve the citizens of Maryland honorably.”

Dean, who lives in Salisbury, has been a prosecutor with the Worcester County State’s Attorney Office for nearly two years. She is currently assigned to the Circuit Court Division, handling primarily juvenile, child abuse and sexual assault cases.

She serves as the prosecutor liaison for the community of Berlin, and advises the Child Advocacy Center.

Dean previously served as Deputy State’s Attorney for Somerset County and Senior Assistant State’s Attorney for Wicomico County.

In 2011, she was appointed as a Magistrate in Wicomico County, a position she eventually vacated to return to prosecution.

From 2001 to 2007, Dean was an active member of the Mount Vernon Fire Department, where she was an EMT and a firefighter.

She graduated from University of Delaware in 1996, and earned a law degree from Vermont Law School.

Hayward serves as Deputy State’s Attorney in Somerset County. Tyler works in the Wicomico County Office of Child Support, serving as an enforcement attorney with the Department of Social Services.

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