About Bill McDermott
WORCESTER COUNTY NATIVE
As a proud Snow Hill High School graduate, I've spent my entire life here in Worcester County.
My parents, Bill & Liz McDermott, taught me at an early age to work hard, be honest and care for your neighbors. As foster care parents, both my mother and father taught me and my three other siblings the virtues of generosity and kindness.
As a high school student, I can remember going to watch court with my mother. It was in those trips to the court house after school that I realized I wanted to be a prosecutor.
After graduating Summa Cum Laude from Long Island University, I attended Catholic University's Law School in Washington D.C. I completed my law degree while I was simultaneously employed by the Office of the State's Attorney for Montgomery County and was the founding member of their Discovery Compliance Unit. At the time, I was also certified to practice law under what was formerly Rule-16 in the District Court. There, I learned from a variety of incredible prosecutors and sharpened my litigation skills. During my time in the District Court I litigated over 100 trials before the District Court judges of Montgomery County.
I graduated from Catholic University's Law school with a Juris Doctorate and a special concentration certificate in Law and Public Policy.
EXPERIENCE THAT MATTERS
I started as an Assistant State's Attorney before being promoted to The Deputy State's Attorney. As a line prosecutor I earned a reputation among the county's law enforcement for being both tough, dedicated and responsive. As a prosecutor I have worked on nearly every crime under the jurisdictions of both the District and Circuit Court, including juvenile.
Among other lawyers I'm known for being fair, considerate and even tempered.
I currently carry a vast caseload of major felonies such as homicides, robberies, and other violent crimes. I have successfully prosecuted over 16 homicides, as part of the trial team, lead prosecutor and sometimes sole prosecutor. I have taught training seminars for other prosecutors and law enforcement officers from across the state in the highly specialized field of DUI Homicides. Additionally, I have worked closely with the Criminal Enforcement Team in their investigations and prosecutions of drug dealers.
I am also particularly proud to be the Worcester County Jail’s prosecutor – prosecuting all cases that arise from incidents occurring at the jail, especially assaults on correctional officers by inmates. In addition to my own caseload, and supervising the other prosecutors, I am responsible for the operation of the Office. I am currently responsible for a 1.3 million dollar budget and the effective operation of our day to day duties.
In the community I am a part of multiple other organizations and groups, including; being a member of the Board of Directors for the Child Advocacy Center; Opioid Intervention Team; Drug and Alcohol Abuse Council; Overdose Fatality Review Team; Child Fatality Review Team; Circuit Court Criminal Coordinating Council; Juvenile Coordinating Council; and Worcester County Warriors against Opiate Addiction, President of the Chiefs of Law Enforcement for Worcester County and an Executive Board Member of the Maryland State's Attorney's Association.
COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC SAFETY
In Annapolis I have been asked to testify on behalf of numerous bills that further the public safety interests of Worcester County.
Law enforcement officers in this county know that they can call on me at all hours of the day or night, any day of the week and I'll be there to assist them in their investigations. As The State's Attorney for Worcester County, my commitment to our brave brothers and sisters in blue is unwavering.
I am committed to continuing the high standard of keeping Worcester County the first place you want to live, and the last place you want to commit a crime.
In 2012, my wife Patti opened Miss Patti Cake, a small boutique bakery now located in Ocean Pines. We live in Girdletree on a small farm we built together, where we share our love to a variety of alpacas, sheep, goats, a miniature donkey, a yorkie, cats, Irish-wolf hounds and an often irritable cow named Bubba. We attend Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Pocomoke City and host a weekly dinner on the farm for friends, family and neighbors. Recently, we were certified through the Department of Social Services as foster care parents - and can't wait to follow in my parents footsteps.