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County Attorney’s Office Staff

Kirk C. Downey, County Attorney
Attended Duke University and received a B.A. cum laude in 1994; attended Oxford University, summer 1993; attended the University of Richmond School of Law and received a J.D. in 1997. Admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1997. Also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court. Private Practice, 1997-2005. Member, Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals, 2002-2004. Member of the American, Maryland, and Washington County Bar Associations; Vice President, Washington County Bar Association.


Kendall A. Desaulniers, Deputy County Attorney
Attended Hagerstown Business College and received an A.A. summa cum laude in 1989; attended Hagerstown Junior College, summer 1989; attended Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and received a B.S. magna cum laude in 1991; attended Regent University School of Law and received a J.D. with honors in 2001.  Admitted to the Pennsylvania and Maryland Bars in 2001.  Judicial Law Clerk, Washington County Circuit Court, 2001-2003; private practice, 2003-2012.  Member of the Maryland and Washington County Bar Associations; Board Member, Washington County Bar Association.


B. Andrew Bright, Assistant County Attorney

Office of the County Attorney since 2019.  Attended State University of New York at Buffalo, and received B.A. in 1988; attended University of Baltimore School of Law and received J.D. cum laude in 1991.  Admitted to Maryland bar in 1991, West Virginia in 1992, and Pennsylvania in 2009.  Also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Maryland, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.  Maintained private solo practice from 1995 until 2019.  Member Maryland State Bar Association and Washington County Bar Association.


Kimberly D. Jacobson, Legal Assistant
Office of the County Attorney since 2012.  Legal Secretary from 2012 to 2019.  Attended US Career Institute and received a Paralegal Certificate in 2011.  Paralegal to the Attorney for the Washington County Department of Social Services from 2011-2012.


Rachael M. McCarty, Legal Secretary
Office of the County Attorney since 2019.  Served in the County Purchasing Department from 2009 to 2019.


County Attorney's Office

Washington County Administration Complex

100 West Washington Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Suite 1101

Phone: 240-313-2230
Fax: 240-313-2231

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