Jamie L. Dykes, Esq.
Jamie was born, raised, and has lived her entire life in Wicomico County. In 2003, she and her husband, Jason Dykes, who is currently a Maryland State Trooper, bought real property in her hometown of Parsonsburg, MD where they reside with their two sons. Since the age of thirteen, she has been committed to public service. It is then that she became a cadet with the Parsonsburg Volunteer Fire Company and thereafter, an Emergency Medical Technician-Basic at sixteen. Public service was instilled in Dykes from an early age as her parents served as volunteers for the Parsonsburg Volunteer Fire Department since 1977 and her Uncle Lewis Riley served over 36 years as the Republican representative in MD Delegate (1979-87), State Senator (1990-92) , Deputy Secretary of Agriculture (1992-94) and Secretary of Agriculture (1994-2007).
Dykes attended Parkside High School and then Salisbury State University where she graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. After working in accounting at Perdue Farms and Holloway & Marvel, PA, she enrolled at the University Of Baltimore School Of Law where she graduated cum laude in January of 2005. After clerking for the Honorable Brett W. Wilson, Dykes became a prosecutor at the Office of the State’s Attorney for Wicomico County in March 2006.
After only nine months of prosecuting misdemeanors in the Wicomico District Court, Dykes found her true calling when she was assigned as the prosecutor to the Wicomico Child Advocacy Center (CAC) where she led the multidisciplinary team that investigated and prosecuted child abuse and exploitation. Dykes was responsible for prosecuting violent felonies against children and collaborating with partners of the CAC, the Maryland State Police, the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, the Salisbury Police Department, the Department of Social Services and the Life Crisis Center, to ensure the effective and successful investigation, prosecution, and treatment of victims of child abuse, exploitation and neglect. Dykes served as a member of Wicomico County’s Multi-Disciplinary Team for Children & Families, Sexual Assault Response Team - Peninsula Regional Medical Center, Wicomico County’s Collaborative Offender Management /Enforced Team, Wicomico County’s Child Fatality Review Team and Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team. [List trainings and areas in which I am versed/used expert testimony?]
Only two weeks into her CAC assignment, a three year old girl then living in foster care was killed at the hands of her foster mother’s paramour. Dykes learned early that the decisions prosecutors make are often the difference between life and, long term suffering if not, death, of our most vulnerable citizens.
Dykes was the first prosecutor in Wicomico County to secure life and minimum mandatory sentences for, as well as lifetime supervision of sexual offenders, under Sarah’s Law enacted after the 2009 abduction and murder of Sarah Foxwell.
After amassing an accomplished record at the CAC, she was called on to be the Sr. Assistant State’s Attorney assigned to assist the Wicomico Bureau of Investigations where again, Dykes proudly represented victims successfully prosecuted murderers, rapists and other violent felons. In all of her assignments as a prosecutor, she worked tirelessly, proudly representing hundreds of victims.
After years of distinguished work as a prosecutor in Wicomico County, she wanted to help people in law in a different capacity and in January 2015, Dykes joined Long Badger & Sheller LLP representing parents and children in family related matters and defendants charged in criminal matters. While she enjoyed private practice, in December 2015, after the long time Deputy State’s Attorney in Dorchester County announced his retirement, Dykes was offered and was honored to accept after realizing that her true calling was protecting those who could not protect themselves. Becoming Deputy State’s Attorney gave her the opportunity to not only continue prosecuting felony cases but also to assist in the management of the office.
Jamie’s heart and soul are in Wicomico County, as evidenced by her lifelong commitment to public safety here. It takes good, strong people to build a good, strong team. Identifying the strengths of team members, providing and encouraging training opportunities and delegating to the right people with the right strengths are necessary to effectively and efficiently serve the public’s safety.
Leadership is about vision, integrity, trust, and an unwavering commitment to both team and its mission. It’s that kind of leadership that Dykes demonstrated at the CAC, and to her assignment at WBI and at the Dorchester County State’s Attorney’s Office. Wicomico County would benefit from her brand of leadership.