Salisbury Independent

Maciarello named to Wicomico Circuit Court bench

Matt Maciarello: "A prosecutor must reflect upon this information but he or she must be guided by the facts and the evidence and then the law as applied thereto." (Tony Weeg Photo)

Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matthew Maciarello has been named Judge of the Wicomico County Circuit Court.

Gov. Larry Hogan made the announcement after selecting Maciarello, state’s attorney since 2011, to replace the retiring Judge W. Newton Jackson III.

Maciarello, 41, said Hogan called him Friday afternoon, after he was finished in court.

“It was a number I didn’t recognize. I answered it and it was the governor. I was shocked because the first thing that goes through your mind is, ‘This is an awesome responsibility.’ It was a solemn moment for me, a moment I’ll never forget,” Maciarello said.

He will be sworn in within 30 days by Judge Thomas Groton of Worcester County Circuit Court, at an investiture in the Wicomico County Circuit Court.

Meantime, he’ll finish projects in the State’s Attorney’s Office. The transition there will be smooth, he said, praising the staff of 17 for expert ability and for “making me look good.”

“They will eclipse anything I’ve been able to do. They are great,” he said about staff members.

“I’ve labored to make sure our office is strong, that there is a mission and a vision for that office. I have no doubt it will continue to be run that way,” he said.

Hogan, in a news release issued Friday afternoon, called Maciarello — and Jonathan G. Newell, who he appointed judge of Caroline County Circuit Court — “the most qualified candidates to fill these vacancies.”

“Throughout their legal careers they have exhibited integrity, intelligence and a strong commitment to justice, and I am honored to appoint them to the Circuit Court,” Hogan stated.

Maciarello said it will be an “honor and a privilege to serve as the next Circuit Court judge for our county.”

“I look forward to working hard for our citizens of the county and of the state,” he said.

He and Hogan had a nice conversation, he said.

“He’s very easy to talk to. I’m so very proud to be a citizen of Maryland and of our governor,” he said.

Maciarello graduated from Wor-Wic Community College, Salisbury University and the University of Maryland School of Law.

He was law clerk to Judges Theordore R. Eschenburg and Groton for two years. He was also a principal at the law firm of Hearne & Bailey.

Maciarello and his wife, Sarah, have been married 17 years. They have two sons, Jonathan, 15, and Luke, 11.