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CHESTERTOWN Paul M. Bowman probably has gotten the only pass he’s going to get from the governor.
On Tuesday afternoon, when Gov. Martin O’Malley was trying to reach Bowman by cell phone to deliver the good news that the Republican Bowman was the Democratic governor’s choice for circuit court judge here Bowman turned off his phone.
Almost instantly, the bank meeting was interrupted with a message from Bowman’s secretary, calling from his office in Chestertown. “Tell Paul he has to call the governor.”
Bowman said he “just about broke a leg” as he scrambled out of the bank meeting to make the phone call.
“You still want the job?” O’Malley asked.
With formalities out of the way, the governor and the next judge of the Circuit Court of Kent County “had a nice conversation about making the transition,” Bowman related in a phone interview Wednesday.
Bowman said his official appointment as the successor to Judge J. Frederick Price would be made by today. wind up 36 years of practicing law in Kent.
The formal investiture ceremony tentatively has been set for Aug. 6 in the circuit courtroom.
Still trying to process all that had transpired over the last 24 hours, Bowman said, yesterday morning, that his selection as judge “means so much. I was raised here. No bull, I really want to do a good job. I told the governor, ‘I’ll make you proud.’ I want to do more than just have my picture on the wall.”
Bowman must stand for election in the next general election, which is in 2012.
Barroll and Yeager were finalists for the district court vacancy last year that was ultimately filled by longtime public defender John E. Nunn III.
Because Barroll and Yeager were interviewed late last year, the governor did not re interview them.
O’Malley interviewed Bowman on June 2.
Bowman moved from Millington to Chestertown at the age of 9. Chestertown has been home ever since other than four years at East Carolina University, where he earned an undergraduate degree in political science, and the University of Baltimore School of Law.
He was admitted to the Maryland bar in 1973.
Upon graduation from law school in 1973, he returned to Chestertown to practice law with Elroy G. Boyer, for whom he had clerked for two summers. He subsequently became a partner in the firm.
Bowman started his own practice in 1979. He has a general law practice, but concentrates on civil litigation.
For 24 years, Bowman was the town attorney for Chestertown. He was Millington’s attorney, on and off for about 15 years. He also had been the attorney for Upper Shore Aging and a panel attorney for the public defender’s office for seven years.
Currently, he is the attorney for the Galena Board of Appeals. Also, he is one of three court examiners for Kent County, taking testimony in uncontested cases.