Headquarters Directory

District Court Headquarters provides centralized services to assure court locations statewide apply policies and procedures consistently, and function at maximum efficiency. Headquarters serves as the hub for gathering and disseminating information between the various District Court locations and programs on the one hand, and other parts of the Judiciary, the Legislature, and external stakeholders on the other. Headquarters has primary responsibility for budget and program planning, development of policies and procedures, facilities management, information technology, and customer information for the District Court, under direction of the Chief Judge and the Chief Clerk.

Department of Human Resources - Who to Call / Staff Directory

Office of the Chief Judge Chief Judge
John P. Morrissey
Fax 410-974-5026
Office of the Chief Clerk Chief Clerk
Roberta L. Warnken
Fax 410-260-1375
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Executive Director
Maureen Denihan
Fax 410-260-3536
Administrative Services Executive Director
Polly A. Harding
Fax 410-260-1252
Engineering &
Central Services
Executive Director
Lisa I. Ritter
Fax: 410-260-1218
Finance Executive Director
Laura Jones
Fax 410-260-1299
Operations Executive Director
Rose Day
410 260-1226
Fax: 410-974-5026
Office of the Executive Director of Commissioners Executive Director
Timothy D. Haven
Fax 410-260-1217

Office of the Chief Judge
District Court Headquarters
Maryland Judicial Center
580 Taylor Avenue A-3
Annapolis, MD 21401

The Chief Judge is the
administrative head of the Court
and appoints administrative judges
for each of the twelve districts. The
chief judge also appoints a chief
clerk, administrative clerks for each
district, and all commissioners.

John P. Morrissey, Chief Judge
Jenny Henderson, Exec. Aide to the Chief Judge
Arthur Pham, Law Clerk
Carole Burkhart, Judicial Assistant/Scheduler

Office of the Chief Clerk
District Court Headquarters
Maryland Judicial Center
580 Taylor Avenue A-3
Annapolis, MD 21401

The Office of the Chief Clerk is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Court.

Roberta L. Warnken, Chief Clerk
Jessica Kuhn, Exec. Aide to the Chief Clerk

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Annapolis, MD 21401


The mission of the ADR office includes:

1. Educate all participants (including judges, clerks, court personnel, members of the Bar, litigants and other ADR providers) on the uses and benefits of alternative dispute resolution programs;

2. Establish and maintain high quality alternative dispute resolution programs that empower litigants;

3. Encourage the use of ADR options early on and throughout the litigation process.

4. Ensure that the ADR options are appropriate and accessible.

Maureen A. Denihan, Esq., Executive Director
Shannon Baker,Esq., Deputy Director and Quality Assurance Director
Cindy Faucette, Regional ADR Programs Director for Balt., Carroll, Frederick, Ho. and Wash. Counties
Leona Elliott, Director of ADR Roster Management
Kemi Sanni, Regional Programs Director for Baltimore City and Harford County
Gretchen Kainz, Regional Programs Director for Montgomery and Prince George's County
Elaine Phillips, Regional Programs Director for Anne Arundel County, Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's County
Sarah Kauffman, Data Management and Public Information Coordinator
Jerrie Anne Campbell, Administrative Assistant

Administrative Services
District Court Headquarters
Maryland Judicial Center
580 Taylor Avenue A-3
Annapolis, MD 21401

The Administrative Services staff creates and revises court forms and brochures, maintains the District Court's internal and public websites, and coordinates the translation of these resources. The department tracks legislation and identifies any impact on the court, maintains the statewide bail bondsman system, and the collection of bond forfeitures in default, and reviews jurisdiction's statewide citations for uniformity and approval. Emphasis is placed on providing current and accurate tools and/or training necessary to promote excellence in public service and access to justice. Effective communication with external “customers” is the primary focus of this division.

Polly A. Harding, Executive Director
Amber L. Herrmann, Deputy Director
Suzanne Watson, Admin. Assistant
Thomas I. Miller, Coordinator - Legislation and Website
Lindsey Sullivan, Coordinator - Legislation and Website
Lolli Petrillo, Coordinator - District Court Forms
Caitlin Flowers, Coordinator - Judiciary Forms
Anita Farmer, Coordinator - Bonds and Forms

Engineering & Central Services
District Court Headquarters
2004 Industrial Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401

The building in which you work and the property inside it is the primary focus of this division. The facilities, warehouse, records, and security departments oversee everything from buildings and facilities (including furniture and telephone systems), to ordering supplies and printing/distributing forms, to managing Court records, to training and outfitting bailiffs in each of the District Court locations.

Lisa I. Ritter, Executive Director
VACANT, Admin. Assistant
Bertha Wike, Admin. Assistant
Michael Brady, Security Coordinator
Kevin Duckworth, Security Trainer
Ray Mack, Procurement Specialist
Gordon Hallock, MDEC/DC Evaluation Implementation Coordinator
Julian Harper, Project Manager

Engineering & Central Services
500 North Calvert Street
Joe White, Facilities Administrator
Antoinette Hurd, Admin. Assistant
Michael Jones, Construction Manager
Michelle Ruble Simpson, Telecommunications Coordinator
Engineering & Central Services
2002A Industrial Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401

James "Butch" Watkins, Administrative Officer
Keith Randall, Warehouse Supervisor
Gary Cranford, Records & Storage Supervisor
Kenneth Shifflet, Warehouse IT Coordinator
Todd Williams, Cabinet Maker


District Court Headquarters
Maryland Judicial Center
580 Taylor Avenue A-3
Annapolis, MD 21401

The Finance division is responsible for all funds appropriated to the District Court by the Legislature each year. These funds are accounted for and spent in a manner consistent with Judiciary and State policies and procedures. The Finance staff assists with budget preparation and accounts payable duties. In addition, the Finance division is responsible for the Traffic Processing Center, which uses a computerized system for processing traffic citation payments.

Laura Jones, Executive Director
Larry Tucker, Deputy Director
Cynthia Pecenak, Admin. Assistant
Amy Posey, Financial Analyst
Cindy Jackson, Accounts Payable Supervisor
Sherri Dugan, Fiscal Accounts Technician
Erica Goldring, Fiscal Accounts Technician
Kelli Thomas, Fiscal Accounts Technician

Traffic Processing Center
Maryland District Court
PO Box 6676
Annapolis, MD 21401-0676
LaTonya Muse, Traffic Processing Center Supervisor


District Court Headquarters
Maryland Judicial Center
580 Taylor Avenue A-3
Annapolis, MD 21401

The Operations division consists of several component parts that are dependent upon one another, including Technical Business Review and Analysis, Resource Training, Instructional Design, Technical Writing, Transcribing, Traffic Citation Processing, Data Entry, Research and Statistics, and Executive Administrative Support. This diverse, goal-oriented group provides optimum support for the court’s production and customer oriented field operations by providing expertise through training programs, business process reviews, case flow assessment, and case management systems.

Rose Day, Executive Director
Connie Hurley, Deputy Director
Natalie Cooper, Admin. Assistant
Brian Browne, Senior Technical Specialist
Steve Yaffe, Research Analyst
Mary Rauck, Technical Writer/Analyst
Nicole DiFonzo, Analyst
Jarrett Hendrix, Analyst
Tonia McKnight, Analyst
Rebecca Sloane, Analyst

Operations Offsite Offices

Transcribing Office

Bev Miller, Supervisor

District Court Traffic Processing Center
Ticket Room

Data Entry

Lorry Gilbert, Supervisor

Iris Tongue, Supervisor


Office of the Executive Director of Commissioners
The Robert F. Sweeney Building
251 Rowe Boulevard - 3rd Floor, Room #341
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Telephone No. 410-260-1230

The Office of the Executive Director of Commissioners is responsible for: developing policy and procedures for commissioners; preparing annual reports; administering 279 commissioners sitting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the State at multiple locations; publishing and updating the Commissioner Manual on a yearly basis; maintaining the charging language database; and developing training programs for commissioners.

Timothy D. Haven, Executive Director
Damon K. Streat, Deputy Executive Director
Robert T. Hogan, Comm. Technical and Records Coordinator
Jonathan R. Lew, Comm. Charging Language Coordinator
Raul I. Galindo, Comm. Education and Training Coordinator
Marie Caron, Appointed Attorney Coordinator
Tammy Galligan, Appointed Attorney Coordinator
Terry Youngbar, Admin. Assistant
Andrea Dove, Admin. Assistant