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Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold, who was convicted Tuesday on two counts of misconduct in office, has resigned his position, effective Friday.

“This decision is the most difficult decision I have ever made, but I know that it is the right one in the best interest of the citizens of Anne Arundel County,” Leopold (R) wrote Thursday in a letter to acting County Executive John Hammond.

“I acknowledge the serious errors in judgment I made and do not want these errors in judgment to further distract the County from moving forward in a positive way," Leopold wrote.

Leopold was found guilty Tuesday of misusing his security detail for political and campaign activities and for using the security officers and other county employees for personal purposes while they were on duty and being paid by the county.

Judge Dennis M. Sweeney delivered the verdict after Leopold waived his right to a jury trial.

The Anne Arundel County Council was expected to ensure Leopold’s removal from office at a meeting Monday.

Sentencing has been set for March 14 in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court in Annapolis.

Staff Writer Margie Hyslop contributed to this report.