Today, the new district attorney for Jackson, George, and Greene counties took her oath of office. Angel Myers McIlrath was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant to fulfill the remaining time left in the former DA’s term. Myers McIlrath has qualified to run for the position in the November election.
This afternoon in Pascagoula, Angel Myers McIlrath was sworn in as the new district attorney for Jackson, George, and Greene Counties. “I do believe that this is my calling. This is my life’s work and I am so proud to be able to lead this office as district attorney.”
Myers McIlrath is only the second woman to hold this position. “I’m humbled by it, I really am. I just want to do a good job and I want to do the work that God has called me to do and do it well.”
The new district attorney plans to continue the work that former District Attorney Tony Lawrence has been doing for years. “Keep doing what we are doing, we are doing a good job protecting our kids and we are going to keep fighting for them and protecting them in and out of the courtroom and we are going to keep making sure that our victim’s rights are protected and that they have a voice in our courtrooms.”
One of those children that Myers McIlrath has helped was in attendance today. Zander, a survivor of child abuse, was invited to the ceremony to give the pledge of allegiance. Zander’s mom, Emily Spears, said, “We are here for Mrs. Angel today. She was the ADA that helped fight his case and we are just here to support her because we are proud of her. She and her team are a big part of our family so it is a big deal for us.”