A class act, the epitome of professionalism, one who understands and has the productive and proven know-how of bona fide, effective leadership, Frank Kratovil Jr. is, once again, moving on and moving up. With his recent selection by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to serve on the judicial bench of Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, there is no doubt that Mr. Kratovil will prove to be a fair, impartial and effective judge. Truly, Mr. Kratovil is an icon of excellence, and any additional candidates under consideration for the judiciary will have a tough act to follow to even get close to what this man has already achieved.
His professional life has encompassed service as a career prosecutor for six years previously in Queen Anne’s County and, at age 34, he became the youngest State’s Attorney in the state of Maryland. He was a prosecutor who sought justice in a realistic fashion and understood the lasting impact of criminal victimization on individuals and communities.
His following tenure as a U. S. Congressman was one tempered with the ability to engage in objective analysis as well as to work cooperatively with divergent entities. Unhesitatingly, Mr. Kratovil was willing to reach across the aisle to extend a welcoming hand to engage in dialogue with a determined effort to attain collaborative results from mutually common goals.
Subsequently, Mr. Kratovil’s recent and short stint as Deputy State’s Attorney for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office was a breath of fresh air for an office that experienced the departure of a popular and effective State’s Attorney, Glenn F. Ivey, in the last year. Because that office suffered the significant loss of experienced leadership comprised of worldly wisdom, Mr. Kratovil’s presence, as a Deputy State’s Attorney, buffered that impact.
Though he is a busy man, between his family and professional career, Mr. Kratovil always finds time for people. He is genuine, kind, and he serves as an inspiration and role model for others to emulate. Undoubtedly, this soaring star will continue to shine brightly as a judge in Queen Anne’s County. He should certainly receive a multitude of well wishes for his upcoming and exciting venture, and Queen Anne's County should welcome him back in his new capacity with open arms.
******Karen L. Bune serves as an adjunct professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, where she teaches victimology. Ms. Bune is a consultant for the Training and Technical Assistance Center for the Office for Victims of Crime and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U. S. Department of Justice. She is a nationally recognized speaker and trainer on victim issues. Ms. Bune is Board Certified in Traumatic Stress and Domestic Violence, and she is a Fellow of The Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the National Center for Crisis Management. She is a 2009 inductee in the Wakefield High School (Arlington, Va.) Hall of Fame. She received the “Chief’s Award 2009” from the Prince George’s County Maryland Police Chief. She received a 2011 Recognition of Service Certificate from Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker. She received a 2011 Official Citation from The Maryland General Assembly congratulating her for extraordinary public service on behalf of domestic violence victims in Prince George’s County and the cause of justice throughout Maryland. She received the 2011 American University Alumni Recognition Award. Ms. Bune appears in the 2012 editions of Marquis’ “Who’s Who in the World, and Marquis' Who’s Who of American Women.