Downey joined Washington County Government as part-time Assistant County Attorney in October of 2004. In August of 2005, Downey became full-time Assistant County Attorney. In 2012, Downey was promoted to serve Washington County as Deputy County Attorney.
As a lifelong resident of Washington County, Downey earned a Bachelor degree cum laude in 1994 from Duke University. Through further education, Downey received a Juris Doctor in 1997 from the University of Richmond School of Law.
in 1997, Downey was admitted to the Maryland Bar. Downey is also admitted to practice before the U.S District Court for the District of Maryland; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; and the U.S. Supreme Court. Downey is a member of the American, Maryland, and Washington County Bar Associations and is Treasurer of the Washington County Bar Association.
"My family has a long history of service in Washington County government, and I am proud to serve as County Attorney," Downey said. “I look forward to working with the County Commissioners, County officials, and County staff in service to Washington County and its citizens.”