|Name||Stuart O. Simms|
Baltimore, Maryland , United States
|| July 17, 1950
|Contributor||U Ole Polecat|
|Last Modifed||U Ole Polecat|
Aug 30, 2006 09:23am
|Info||A native of Baltimore, Simms is the son of a Bethlehem Steel worker and high school teacher. He broke racial barriers by becoming one of the first African Americans to graduate from the Gilman School and holds degrees from Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. |
Simms began his legal career as a litigator with a prominent Baltimore law firm and then spent two years as staff counsel to U.S. Senator Paul S. Sarbanes, before joining the Baltimore State's Attorney's Office where he litigated a wide variety of criminal and civil matters.
In 1983, Simms was appointed Deputy State's Attorney for Baltimore. In 1987, Simms was appointed State's Attorney and was twice reelected, serving as the City's top prosecutor for a total of eight years.
In 1995, Simms was appointed Secretary of the Maryland Department of Juvenile Services by Governor Parris Glendening. In 1997, Stu was appointed Secretary of the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, one of the state's largest agencies, with approximately 12,000 employees and a budget of $900 million, where he served until 2003.
Simms currently serves as a partner with Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP, in Baltimore. He also serves as a Board member for the Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust, the Maryland Mentoring Partnership, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Gilman School.
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