Harford County’s state’s attorney to retire in 2017
Harford County State’s Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly, who has prosecuted criminal cases for nearly 40 years, announced Tuesday that he will retire Jan. 1, 2017. Cassilly, 65, has been a prosecutor since 1977, and he was elected to his first of nine consecutive terms as the top prosecutor in 1982. In a letter announcing his plan to step down, he said some murder cases his office prosecuted over the years, including those in which the victims were children, have weighed on him. He recalled cases that “will not leave my memory. It is time for me to leave.” Cassilly, a Bel Air native, won his most recent term in 2014. His successor will be selected by the Harford County Circuit Court judges.