(Jan. 11, 2019) The Worcester County Circuit Court in Snow Hill was packed with commissioners, board of education members, a retired judge, the sheriff, several police officers and multiple attorneys on Monday. Not for a trial, but for the swearing in ceremony of newly elected State’s Attorney Kristin Heiser.
Heiser, who has been a prosecutor for the past decade, officially accepted her position the first Monday of January, which has been tradition for all new state’s attorneys.
“I’m so humbled today to be sworn in as Worcester County’s State’s Attorney,” Heiser said. “Being a prosecutor is the best job in the criminal justice system.”
To provide an example as to why she felt prosecutors were so important, she read a quote from Berger vs. United States (1935).
“The prosecutor is in a peculiar and very definite sense, a servant of the law,” she said. “Guilt shall not escape, nor innocence suffer. He may prosecute with earnestness and vigor, and indeed he should do so, but while he may strike hard blows, he is not at liberty to strike foul ones.”
Heiser, raised in a family of law enforcement and married to a Worcester County police officer, thanked the officers who gathered to celebrate her swearing in ceremony, and made a pledge to help serve the boys in blue.
“For my part, as state’s attorney, I promise to collaborate with you, to be a resource for you, and to stand next to you in defense of our community,” Heiser said. “Together, we will work to address the opioid crisis, protect vulnerable adults and children, and to ensure the safety and security of our county.”
Promises were also made to the residents of Worcester County.
“I do not take this position lightly. As chief law enforcement officer, I will face difficult decisions and I am prepared to make them,” Heiser said. “I pledge to work hand in hand with our law enforcement, representing all of the agencies in Worcester County, to keep you and your families safe and to hold offenders accountable. I also pledge to [be] transparent, communicative and accessible to you.”