Ex-Anne Arundel executive Leopold eyes public office
Former County Executive John R. Leopold, who resigned in 2013 after a judge found him guilty of misconduct, said he is considering a run for elected office in 2018 — though he hasn’t yet decided which office. The 73-year-old Republican from Pasadena recently launched an “exploratory” website and said: “I love public service. … I still enjoy helping people one-on-one.” Leopold’s resigned after being convicted of ordering police officers in his protection detail to do campaign work for him. He also made a county employee empty urine from a catheter bag he used after having back surgery. Retired Circuit Judge Dennis Sweeney sentenced him to 400 hours of community service, a $100,000 fine and two years’ jail time, with all but 60 days suspended. Leopold spent 30 days in the county jail and 30 days on house arrest. Sweeney banned Leopold from running for public office for five years, but that punishment was overturned in 2014. Leopold said he’s eyeing an Anne Arundel race and would make a final decision toward the end of 2017.