SNOW HILL – State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby was sworn into office Monday in front of a crowd of officials, friends and family.
“It’s no secret why Beau has ascended,” said Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis, who worked with Oglesby when he was a prosecutor for Wicomico County.
Lewis pointed out the great working relationship Oglesby had with law enforcement
“I could quickly see that he’s what most law enforcement officers call a ‘masterful prosecutor,’” said Lewis. “I’m so, so proud to stand here today…it’s a great day for law enforcement and a great day for justice.”
Caroline County Circuit Court Judge Karen Jensen also opted to give Oglesby a few words of introduction. Jensen spoke of Oglesby’s time serving in Caroline as an assistant State’s Attorney, calling him a “fierce and able advocate.” She informed him that he would be coming into a lot of power in his office, which carried an equivalent amount of responsibility. Finally, she thanked him on behalf of Caroline County and forecasted a bright future for Worcester with Oglesby’s transition.
“You can’t imagine the journey this has been,” said Oglesby after being introduced. “I’ve been through a lawsuit … lost an election by 14 votes … turned it around this time and won by 93.”
Oglesby went on to thank everyone that supported him, especially his family, who joined him during the swearing in.
“I look around the room and I’m so overwhelmed,” he said.
Joking that at least part of his introduction was wrong, Oglesby admitted to not being as organized as Jansen had claimed him to be.
“I’ve prepared some comments, they’re around here somewhere,” he said.
Choosing to speak from memory instead, Oglesby offered a special thanks to the members of law enforcement in attendance.
“You make me want to be a better prosecutor each and every day,” he said. “I can’t imagine you [the police] doing the job halfway and seeing someone fall down on the other half.”
Oglesby also spoke about his life growing up.
“Mom was judge and jury, dad was the executioner,” he said.
Despite the light attitude, Oglesby stressed that his family life helped him learn values.
“There’s right and wrong. There’s black and white. But there’s also an area of gray,” he said.
Finally, he took a moment to address his own family, telling his children that he would still be busy even after the campaign, but promising them, “it won’t take me as long to get home.”
Oglesby then thanked his wife for her support. The whole experience managed to choke Oglesby up toward the end of his speech.
“This is the first time I’ve cried in court,” he said.
Lewis joked, “It won’t be the last in this county.”
Oglesby concluded by once again thanking everyone who supported him.
“God bless you and God bless Worcester County,” he said.