Biography of the State's Attorney

Dario J. Broccolino has been State’s Attorney for Howard County since April 14, 2008. He previously served as Interim State’s Attorney following the December 14, 2007 resignation of his predecessor to become a judge on the Circuit Court for Howard County.  In 2010, the citizens of Howard County elected Mr. Broccolino to a four-year-term, and re-elected him in 2014.  He first joined the state’s attorney’s office in 1999 serving as deputy state’s attorney.

Prior to joining the state’s attorney’s office Mr. Broccolino served as State’s Attorneys’ Coordinator for Maryland and the Executive Director of the Maryland State’s Attorneys’ Association from 1988 to 1999.  A veteran prosecutor, Dario Broccolino served as an assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore City, serving under four elected state’s attorneys between 1971 and 1988. Toward the latter part of his service in Baltimore City, his expertise included the prosecution of economic crimes, arson, and narcotics.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mr. Broccolino received his B.S. degree from Loyola College in Maryland in 1967 and his J.D. degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1970.  He earned a second, advanced degree, a LL.M in Taxation from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1994.

Prior to his law career, from 1967 to 1971, Mr. Broccolino was a social studies teacher at Kenwood High School and Dulaney High School in Baltimore County.  He also served on the adjunct faculty at the University of Maryland School of Law from 1988 to 1990.

Mr. Broccolino has a leadership role in a number of state and local organization including the board of directors of the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association where he serves as first vice president and chairman of the legislative committee.  In 2013, Governor O’Malley appointed Mr. Broccolino to the State Board of Victim Services.The governor also appointed him as a commissioner of the Maryland Medical Marijuana Commission, to oversee the licensing, regulation and inspection of cannabis growers, processors and sellersIn 2012, Governor O’Malley appointed him to Maryland’s Cease Fire Council—the collaborative group that focuses on initiatives to reduce firearms violence as part of the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention.

From 2000 to 2008, he served as a member of the State of Maryland’s Handgun Roster Board—first appointed by Governor Glendening in December 2000 and reappointed by Governor Ehrlich in 2004.  Mr. Broccolino is a board member of the Howard County Bar Association, a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the James Macgill American Inn of Court, and a fellow of the Bar Foundation for Howard County.

A resident of Howard County since 1975, Mr. Broccolino is president of the Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department and served as treasurer of the St. John’s Community Association.  For more than 25 years, Mr. Broccolino has been active in youth sports, serving as a coach, official and administrator.

He was married, for more than 39 years, to the late Donna Jean Broccolino (nee Oettinger). Their two children and spouses, and four grandchildren all live in Howard County.