Superior Court Judge Scott Smith swore in Emma Page Wilhoite on Monday afternoon before representatives of the DA’s office and court officials.
Smith said a prosecutor’s job is one of fairness and justice, but also knowing when to prosecute.
“... What I learned as prosecutor still holds true today. The prosecutorial job is a ... higher calling,” he said.
Wilhoite, a Bartow County native, graduated from Cartersville High School in 2005. She attended the University of Georgia, where she also obtained her law degree.
“I started as the law clerk in this circuit working for the four superior court judges and then was offered a position by [District Attorney] Rosemary Greene as an assistant district attorney,” she said.
Greene was a motivating factor in Wilhoite’s decision to pursue a career in justice.
“I participated in mock trial as a high school student, and actually Rosemary was one of my coaches so she inspired me early on to consider this as a career,” Wilhoite said. “Being the law clerk gave me a lot of experience seeing different things in the courtroom and seeing how the district attorney’s office works, so when that opening came along, I was excited to have the opportunity to go there.”
Wilhoite sees her position as an assistant district attorney as an opportunity to give back.
“I think having the opportunity to give back to this community that I call home or have called home for 27 years [is what I look forward to most] and [in] some small way to be able ... to be of service to this community,” she said.
Public service is a theme in the Wilhoite house — she is married to Woodland High School graduate Seth Wilhoite, a firefighter with Bartow County Fire Department.