Wes Adams Biography
Since his inauguration on January 5, 2015, State’s Attorney Wes Adams has devoted himself to cultivating safe communities through a strategic three-pronged approach, which includes strong convictions, rehabilitation programs for nonviolent offenders, and educational seminars geared toward crime prevention.
Upon taking office, Mr. Adams created a number of specialized units to better target the issues facing our county, including the Domestic Violence Unit, and Strategic Targeted Investigations of Narcotics and Gangs Unit. Units such as these ensure prosecutors possess the expertise required to secure strong convictions.
Mr. Adams also renewed the Office of the State’s Attorney’s commitment to reducing crime through rehabilitation. In addition to continuing this office’s participation in problem-solving courts, Mr. Adams became the first State’s Attorney to participate in Safe Stations, an innovative program that shifts barriers to treatment for those members of our community who are eager to recover from drug addiction.
He also placed a strong emphasis on community outreach.
By speaking to parents and children alike about matters such as cyber safety and drug awareness, Mr. Adam’s believes the Office of the State’s Attorney is better able to prevent crime before it occurs.
Mr. Adams has exhibited an ongoing commitment to the protection of witnesses and the administration of justice. He was instrumental in the drafting of the Witness Intimidation Statute, and testified in support of this legislation before the General Assembly. Mr. Adams then became the first prosecutor in Maryland to secure a conviction under this statute. His case was upheld by the Court of Appeals and now serves as a model for all those prosecuting cases involving witness intimidation.
Upon completing his juris doctorate at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, Mr. Adams began his career in law enforcement as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City. In 2008, Mr. Adams brought his zeal for prosecution to Prince George’s County, where he was the Chief of the Homicide Division. During his tenure as chief, his division increased its conviction rate, and the county as a whole experienced a decrease in crime. Mr. Adams currently resides in Severna Park with his wife and three children.