Local resident and attorney, David Weiskopf, will assume new duties as the deputy county attorney for St. Mary’s County on Tuesday, July 15. The county conducted an exhaustive


nd competitive application process with Weiskopf emerging as the final choice. Nine applicants applied for the position.

Weiskopf describes his life in St. Mary’s as that typical of a Navy brat. “I graduated from Leonardtown High School, attended St. Mary’s College of Maryland and received my law degree from University of Baltimore Law School.” In 1996, after receiving his law degree, Weiskopf moved back to St. Mary’s where he clerked for Judge John Briscoe.

“I enjoyed working with Judge Briscoe, he was quite an individual,” said Weiskopf. After finishing his clerk’s duties, the attorney began his own practice as a civil and defense attorney.

In the years since, Weiskopf has been active in the local community. He was instrumental in starting St. Mary’s Teen Court program and helped initiate the pro se program teaching people about the law. He has also served as a public defender prior to being named deputy county attorney.

“I am very excited to work for the county government,” said Weiskopf.

St. Mary’s County County Attorney Christy Holt Chesser stated, “I am looking forward to him joining our office next week.”

According to Chesser, the county wanted to fill the position with a professional who could review and prepare legal documents and provide legal support for the county attorney and give advice to the Board of County Commissioners.

Chesser stated that the applicant had to be able to, “develop and present professional recommendations and legal opinions for various boards and commissions and … represent the county in the District and Circuit courts.” She indicated Weiskopf was ultimately chosen because he was the best qualified.

The county attorney provides legal services to a number of St. Mary’s County departments ,including the county commissioners, county administrator and most other departments, offices, and agencies.