MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD — Marc Hansen, the longest serving county attorney in Montgomery County history, is retiring after 12 years in that role and 37 years in the county attorney's office.
Hansen started as an assistant county attorney and will officially retire Jan. 31, a county news release said.
“I have been fortunate to have had the honor of serving as the chief legal officer for the County for the past 12 years and to have been an attorney in Office of the County Attorney for over 37 years,” Hansen said in the news release. “Being a lawyer for the County has given me the opportunity to work on many immensely challenging legal issues—many of them cutting edge legal issues. I am convinced that being a lawyer in the County Attorney’s Office has been the best legal job in the County. But what I will treasure most has been the opportunity to work with, and to get to know, so many extraordinarily talented and dedicated public servants—merit employees, appointed officials and elected officials.”
Hansen teaches law part-time and has advised the county on decisions in tort law, procurement, legislation, constitutional law, tax, bonds, construction law, zoning, development, ethics, public health, employment law, child welfare and environmental law, the county said in the news release.
“Marc has served in our County Attorney’s Office for more than 37 years and has been our County Attorney for the last 12. He has provided critical legal guidance over the past two years during our COVID response,” said County Executive Marc Elrich in the release. “Being County Attorney is an extremely difficult job, and I appreciate his hard work, experience and constant availability. I wish him all the best in his retirement.”
Deputy County Attorney John Markovs will serve as the acting county attorney.