Jamie L. Dykes, State’s Attorney
Born and raised in Wicomico County, Jamie’s passionate commitment to the citizens of the Lower Eastern Shore is demonstrated through the many ways she has served her community.
From a young age, her family instilled in her the value of public service. Her uncle, Lewis Riley, devoted 36 years to public service as Republican Delegate and Senator in the Maryland General Assembly, as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, and then Secretary of Agriculture.
Inspired by her family’s commitment to the people of Wicomico County, Jamie joined the Parsonsburg Volunteer Fire Department at age 13 and became an Emergency Medical Technician only 3 years later.
She attended Parkside High School, Salisbury State University, and the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Jamie’s commitment to the rule of law led her to become a prosecutor in the Wicomico County State’s Attorney’s Office (SAO) in 2006. It was here that she found her true passion within prosecution: victim advocacy. Within 9 months of joining the SAO, she became the Prosecutor assigned to the Wicomico County Child Advocacy Center (CAC). It is here that she became both passionate and extremely skilled at delivering swift and certain justice for child victims of a range of types of abuse.
In December of 2015, Jamie was selected to be the Deputy State’s Attorney for Dorchester County cementing her willingness and ability to lead other prosecutors. On December 1, 2017, Jamie was sworn in as Ad Interim State’s Attorney for Wicomico County by the Circuit Court. Jamie has led her team of twenty attorneys and eighteen support staff in the last several months, successfully prosecuting eight homicides and hundreds of other crimes that impact our quality of life.
Leadership is about vision, integrity, trust, and an unwavering commitment to both team and its mission. It’s that kind of leadership that Jamie has demonstrated throughout her career, and is demonstrating now. Jamie wants to continue leading her team that is keeping the worst criminals off of our streets to the top law enforcement position in the County. She has the vision, integrity, dedication and passion to be that leader.