Commissioners Announce New County Attorney

The Worcester County Commissioners named Maureen Lanigan Howarth as the new County Attorney. Howarth graduated cum laude from James Madison University, with a Business Bachelor of Arts in Accounting in 2004. She graduated cum laude from the University of Baltimore School of Law with a law degree in 2007, after which she served as a law clerk for Wicomico County Circuit Court Judge Donald C. Davis.

Howarth will step into her new role with Worcester County Government (WCG) on November 9, 2015. She brings eight years of legal experience in county government to WCG. She served as an assistant county attorney for Wicomico County Government from 2008 to 2012 when she took over as deputy county attorney. 

“I’m looking forward to joining the Worcester County team and serving as their county attorney,” Howarth said. “Working in the field of local government gives me an opportunity to provide legal counsel on a variety of issues and offers me the opportunity to give back to the community I call home.”
Howarth, an Ocean City resident, will take over for current County Attorney John E. “Sonny” Bloxom who will retire December 18, 2015. Bloxom began serving as the county attorney in 2008 and provides legal advice to the Worcester County Commissioners and the Worcester County Planning Commission in all legal matters.
Bloxom graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy where he served as a deck officer for nine years and as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy Reserves from 1968 through 1996. He earned his law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1976 and has worked in private law practice since 1977. He served as an assistant state’s attorney from 1978 through 1980, the city attorney for Pocomoke City from 1979 to 1990, and attorney for the Board of Education in 1990. In addition to serving WCG as the county attorney, Bloxom represented Pocomoke City as a County Commissioner from 1990-1995 and again from 1998-2006.

For more information, contact Kim Moses, public information officer, at (410) 632-1194.