Marilyn J. Mosby was formally sworn in as Baltimore's top prosecutor Thursday night, and pledged to work for justice for crime victims, the innocent, and minorities who are affected disproportionately by the legal system.
The swearing-in, a gala at the War Memorial that featured an array of top elected officials, marked a triumphant return to the state's attorney's office for Mosby, who spent seven years as a prosecutor before she left in 2012 to work in the insurance industry.
She ousted incumbent Gregg L. Bernstein in the Democratic primary in June.
Mosby, 34, repeated the word "justice" in her remarks, saying that a prosecutor's effectiveness is not decided in conviction rates and prison sentences.
"Our pursuit is true," she said with her husband, City Councilman Nick Mosby, and two young daughters looking on. "We seek justice."
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said Mosby represented a "new generation of leadership."
"It took audacity to run [for office] and it will take audacity to fix the system," Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said. "I know she will bring that to the job."
Mosby formally assumed control of the office on Monday, and on Thursday made her first announcement regarding her new staff.
Michael Schatzow, a partner at Venable and a former federal prosecutor, will serve as her chief deputy. Tammy Brown, executive director of the Governor's Office of Crime Control and Prevention, will lead a new division overseeing legislative priorities and communication. Department of Homeland Security official Steward Beckham will run the office's finances and human resources.
"Together, this team brings a tremendous amount of talent and all of them have made significant achievements in improving public safety to ensure the protection of our citizens," Mosby said in a statement.