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
410-260-1525
Fax 410-974-5026
Office of the Chief Clerk Chief Clerk
Roberta L. Warnken
410-260-1235
Fax 410-260-1375
Alternative Dispute Resolution
(ADR)
Director
Maureen Denihan
410-260-1676
Fax 410-260-3536
Administrative Services Director
Polly A. Harding
410-260-1203
Fax 410-260-1252
Engineering &
Central Services
Director
Lisa I. Ritter
410-260-1663
Fax: 410-260-1218
Finance Director
Laura Jones
410-260-1250
Fax 410-260-1299
Operations Director
Rose Day
410 260-1226
Fax: 410-974-5026
Office of the Director of Commissioners Director
Timothy D. Haven
410-260-1230
Fax 410-260-1217
 
Office of the Chief Judge
District Court Headquarters
Maryland Judicial Center
580 Taylor Avenue A-3
Annapolis, MD 21401
 

Description
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
Nicholas Iliff, Esq., Staff Attorney to the Chief Judge
Jenny Henderson, Exec. Aide to the Chief Judge
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
Kacey Prochazka, Exec. Aide to the Chief Clerk

Alternative Dispute Resolution
Annapolis, MD 21401

 

Description
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., 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, Esq., Regional Programs Director for Baltimore City and Harford County
VACANT, 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
Andrew Fontanella, Esq., Regional Programs Director for the Eastern Shore
Sarah Kauffman, Data Management and Public Information Director
Jerrie Anne Campbell, Administrative Assistant

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

Description
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, Director
Amber L. Herrmann, Deputy Director
Suzanne Watson, Admin. Assistant
VACANT, Lead Coordinator 
Lindsey Sullivan, Coordinator - Legislation and Website
Lolli Petrillo, Coordinator - District Court Forms
VACANT, Coordinator - Circuit Court Forms
Paris Bullock, Coordinator - Bonds and Forms

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

Description
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, Director
Joseph White, Deputy Director
Megan Finnerty, ECS Specialist
Bertha Wike, Admin. Assistant
Michael Brady, Security Coordinator
Kevin Duckworth, Security Trainer
Ray Mack, Procurement Specialist
Doug Credle, IT Project Manager
Julian Harper, Project Manager

Engineering & Central Services
500 North Calvert Street
VACANT, 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

 

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

Description
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, Director
Larry Tucker, Deputy Director
Cynthia Pecenak, Administrative Office Specialist
Amy Posey, Financial Analyst
Jennifer McMorrow, Accounts Payable Supervisor
Sherri Dugan, Fiscal Accounts Technician
Erica Goldring, Fiscal Accounts Technician
Concetta (Tina) Gunnulfsen, Fiscal Accounts Technician
Jennifer Leahy, Fiscal Accounts Technician

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

 

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

Description
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, Director
Connie Hurley, Deputy Director
Natalie Cooper, Admin. Assistant
Brian Browne, Senior Technical Specialist
Daniel Kayser, Research Analyst
Mary Rauck, Technical Writer/Analyst
Nicole DiFonzo, Analyst
Jarrett Hendrix, Analyst
Tonia McKnight, Analyst
Jessica Kuhn, 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 Director of Commissioners
The Robert F. Sweeney Building
251 Rowe Boulevard - 3rd Floor, Room #341
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Telephone No. 410-260-1230

Description
The Office of the 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, Director
Damon K. Streat, Deputy 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
VACANT, Appointed Attorney Coordinator
Terry Youngbar, Admin. Assistant
Andrea Dove, Admin. Assistant