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Bill McDermott announces State’s Attorney bid Monday

By Brian Gilliland | Jan 11, 2018
Photo by: Brian Gilliland Bill McDermott announces his candidacy in Snow Hill

(Jan. 12, 2018) Deputy State’s Attorney Bill McDermott announced his candidacy for the State’s Attorney’s office on the steps of the William G. Kerbin building Monday evening, flanked by dozens of supporters who braved frigid temperatures to attend.

McDermott is a lifelong resident of Snow Hill who said he would come to watch trials after classes at Snow Hill High School.

“It was the prosecutors I most wanted to be like,” he said. “They gave voices to the weak, punished the wrong and had the ability to make lifelong differences in their community.”

McDermott said he knew he always had his family’s support, but his father, who installed the telephones in the Kerbin building as it was being constructed, had taken an extra step to give his son a boost when he needed it.

“On a particularly hard day, when I needed a parent’s love, he directed me to go read the inside of one of the phone panels,” he said. Inside the panel, written by his father, were the letters “FHWHM,” or future home of William H. McDermott.

“That belief in our mission, my mission, has kept me going throughout the years,” he said.

McDermott is running on the concept of “experience matters.”

“I’ve had the distinction of prosecuting just about every case under the jurisdiction of the circuit court from misdemeanors to murders. Robberies, burglaries, white collar theft, gun and gang crimes — there isn’t a crime that I won’t be ready to prosecute on day one, because I’m doing it right now,” he said.

McDermott said that four of the previous five years, Worcester County has had the best conviction rate for driving under the influence in Maryland.

“Most importantly, perhaps, is we’ve built the preeminent, most formidable team of prosecutors and support staff anywhere in the state … tough, tenacious and with one purpose — to do God’s work,” he said.

McDermott will seek to fill the vacancy created by the appointment of State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby to the Circuit Court bench.

Kris Heiser, currently serving as a prosecutor in Wicomico County, filed for the Worcester County State’s Attorney’s Office in October.



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