HANOVER, MD — The School Board Appointment Commission of Anne Arundel County on Wednesday night appointed Sidney Butcher of Hanover to fill the vacant District 32 seat on the county school board. Butcher will be sworn in at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, by the Clerk of the Circuit Court's office, according to a news release.

Butcher is an attorney who previously worked as an assistant state's attorney for the city of Baltimore. He now practices law at the firm of Whiteford Taylor & Preston LLP in Baltimore.

Five candidates originally applied for the seat, though one candidate withdrew shortly afterward. The commission interviewed the remaining four candidates on Jan. 31.

Butcher's term will expire on Dec. 2, 2018, as the board begins its transition to a fully elected board.