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Scott Reilly is sworn in as District Attorney for Catawba, Caldwell and Burke counties

NEWTON, NC (January 1, 2019) — Scott Reilly was sworn in as the new District Attorney for the 36th Prosecutorial District during a ceremony held at the Catawba County Justice Center on Tuesday, January 1, 2019.

In front of family, friends and supporters, Reilly and 14 Assistant District Attorneys took the oath of office administered by the Honorable Gregory R. Hayes, Resident Superior Court Judge from Catawba County.

Scott Reilly, center, takes the oath of office as District Attorney as his wife Beth holds the Bible for him during Tuesday’s ceremony at the Catawba County Justice Center. The oath is administered by Resident Superior Court Judge Gregory R. Hayes, left.

“I want to make a difference by giving back to our community, and I expect our ADAs (Assistant District Attorneys) to engage in ways to give back to our community,” Reilly said. “I understand that I have been given a vast amount of responsibility. I am asking family, friends and supporters for their thoughts and prayers in helping me make the right decisions and do the right things. This is the highlight of my professional career. It truly is an honor and a privilege to serve the citizens of our district.”

He begins his first term after defeating former DA David Learner in the 2018 primary to earn the Republican nod for the office. Reilly ran unopposed in the November general election.

As District Attorney, Reilly will oversee the prosecution of criminal cases in the 36th Prosecutorial District, formerly known as the 25th District, comprised of Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties.

Reilly, who has been practicing law for nearly 30 years, is no stranger to the District Attorney’s Office, having served as an ADA under former DA Bob Thomas from 1989 to 1994.

As he begins his tenure as District Attorney, Reilly has identified a number of issues he wants to prioritize as he and his administration move forward. He wants to address the large number of pending murder cases, particularly in Catawba County, determining which of those need to go to trial and how best to resolve them to bring closure to victims of those aging cases.

He also wants to implement a jail diversion initiative to help substance abuse defendants get treatment and assistance with their addiction rather than remaining in an endless cycle of being arrested and going to jail over and over again.

“Hopefully, we can get them off drugs so they can go to work, support their family, be a good spouse and good parent,” Reilly explained.

That being said, he noted the need to be tough on drug traffickers, dealers and sellers of “the poison they are bringing in to ruin so many people’s lives.”

In addition, Reilly wants to foster relationships between county commissioners and local school boards to make safety in schools a top priority in light of numerous incidents of school violence across the nation.

“We will aggressively prosecute anyone who compromises the safety of our students and teachers, he said.

Reilly also acknowledged a desire to build strong relationships with law enforcement agencies throughout the three-county district to better deal with criminal activity through prosecution of offenders.

“I look forward to working with each of our law enforcement agencies and giving them the support, encouragement and confidence they deserve,” he said. “I want to build and strengthen the relationships between this office and our brave law enforcement partners.”

Following is a list of ADAs and support staff members for each of the three counties in the 36th Prosecutorial District:


Assistant District Attorneys

Michelle Lippert

Lance Sigmon

Support Staff

David Dimaggio

Michele Newman

Brittany Williams

Caleb Williams


Assistant District Attorneys

Andrew Jennings

Nancy Lee

Jennifer Mathews

Andrea Plyler

Support Staff

Ann Spann

John Hoyle

Regina Reid

Brooklyn Williams


Assistant District Attorneys

Jamie Adams

Sean Baetjer

Amber Eades

Melanie Earles

Jonathan Greer

Scott Lippert

Jessica Phillips

Mitch Walker, Chief Assistant District Attorney

Support Staff

Tom Adkins, Investigator

Jordan Arney

Amy Bishoff

Erica Figueroa

Belinda Gaither

Heather Helms

Kathryn Isenhour, Administrative Assistant

Nathan Key

Stacey London

Tiffani Parker

Meredith Scott

Tammy West