- The Washington Times - Monday, September 16, 2002

Glenn Ivey campaigned on the poor relationship between Prince George's County police and Jack B. Johnson, the man Mr. Ivey is going to succeed as state's attorney and with whom he will have to work if Mr. Johnson is elected county executive.
"The working relationship between police and prosecutors has to improve," said Mr. Ivey, 41. "It's important to build that relationship back up."
Mr. Ivey who was an assistant U.S. attorney in the District, handling 40 criminal jury trials in four years beat Deputy State's Attorney Mark Spencer in the Democratic primary election Tuesday. Mr. Spencer had been Mr. Johnson's deputy for the past four years and had gotten his boss' endorsement, but he only received 40 percent of the vote.
Mr. Johnson emerged from a crowded field to win the Democratic nomination for county executive, despite well-publicized differences he has had with the county police department.
He has promoted his willingness to prosecute officers accused of misconduct, drawing the ire of police. Many have questioned how strong the cases are, given the results: Mr. Johnson has failed to get a conviction in at least seven cases involving officers. His most recent defeat came Thursday when a judge acquitted a Mount Rainier police officer charged with theft during a drug arrest.
Mr. Johnson, however, will be in command of appointing the police chief if he wins the election Nov. 5 over Republican County Council member Audrey E. Scott, 66.
"The state's attorney has to show that his office is guided by the principle that no one is above the law," Mr. Ivey said. "Comments that paint all officers as lawbreakers should not be tolerated."
But county police are not wholly without blame, he said.
Reform must occur within the police department, Mr. Ivey has said, and police and prosecutors must spend more time fighting crime "and less time fighting each other."
It is too early to know what staff changes may occur when Mr. Ivey takes over. Because there was no Republican candidate, he secured the job by winning the primary.
"I do expect there will be some turnover," said Mr. Ivey, adding he would wait until he has the opportunity to assess the office's operations and staff.
Mr. Ivey, who once considered a professional basketball career, was chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission until he became a partner in the law firm of Preston, Gates, Ellis & Rouvelas, Meeds. Before that, he was chief counsel for U.S. Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, South Dakota Democrat; for Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes, Maryland Democrat; and a legislative aide to Rep. John Conyers Jr., Michigan Democrat and dean of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Born in Rocky Mount, N.C., Mr. Ivey graduated from Garfield High School in Dale City, Va., where he was captain of the basketball team that played in the regional finals.
At Princeton, from which Mr. Ivey graduated with honors in 1983, he was point guard on the basketball team until he decided to go into law. Mr. Ivey graduated from Harvard Law School in 1986.

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