Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has nominated Deborah Richardson to head the county Department of Corrections.
Richardson has worked for the county for more than a decade and is currently deputy director. If confirmed, she will replace James O'Neill who is retiring.
"She brings a wealth of experience combined with a firm but compassionate approach to public safety," Kamenetz said in a statement released Tuesday.
Richardson holds a master's degree in management from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree in psychology from University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Prior to working for Baltimore County, Richardson worked for the Maryland Division of Corrections as a Correctional Officer and counselor in 1979. She was appointed by the governor to serve on the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission.
She also tutors underprivileged children, volunteers at school libraries, and directs her church's youth ministry as well as run the silent auction for Baltimore County's Ball for the Homeless, according to the statement released by the county executive.
Richardson's appointment requires the approval of the Baltimore County Councl.