Declared candidate Dykes appointed State’s Attorney

Already an election candidate for the post, Jamie Dykes has been named interim Wicomico County State’s Attorney, to fill the vacancy created by the upcoming resignation of State’s Attorney Ella Disharoon.

Dykes will take over Dec. 1.

She was appointed this week by judges of the Circuit Court for Wicomico County and will remain in office until a new State’s Attorney is elected and sworn in.

She couldn’t be reached for comment, but posted on Facebook that she is “grateful to be afforded this honor and (I) look forward to joining this team and bringing my vision, leadership and dedication to law enforcement in Wicomico County.”

In August, Dykes announced her candidacy for the position, saying she wants to keep the worst criminals off the streets.

“We have a serious problem with crime — violent crime. A reluctance to recognize that, not addressing that issue, will cost more lives,” Dykes said when she announced her candidacy.

“The violent crime we see in this county is fueled by gangs. To operate gangs, gangs require money, which results in illegal drug trade and illegal gun possession- and competition for both,” Dykes said.

“When I’m elected, you will know who the State’s Attorney is. You will see me leading from the front and by example,” she said.

A native of Wicomico County where she, her parents and grandparents have always lived, Dykes, a resident of Parsonsburg, graduated from Parkside High School, Salisbury University and the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Dykes served as an Assistant State’s Attorney during the tenure of Former State’s Attorney Davis Ruark.

Disharoon was formerly Assistant State’s Attorney. Although she never aspired to the top position, she was appointed after Matt Maciarello was named judge of the Circuit Court last summer.

The election is in November 2018.

Reach Susan Canfora at scanfora@newszap.com.

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