District Attorney

  Dave Stevenson

(530) 303-2411

District Attorney Vern Pierson is pleased to announce that Deputy District Attorney Worth Dikeman has been selected by the California District Attorneys Association (CDAA) to receive the prestigious George Williamson Career Achievement Award. 

DDA Worth Dikeman CDAA limits presentation of this esteemed award, which is not necessarily handed out every year, to highly skilled and respected career prosecutors who exemplify the highest standards of the prosecutorial profession.  The award will be presented at the CDAA Summer Conference Awards Banquet in San Diego on June 30, 2016. The Award is named for George Williamson, former Chief Deputy Attorney General and Chief Deputy District Attorney and regarded as one of the finest prosecutors in California history. 

Deputy District Attorney Dikeman has been a prosecutor for forty years, including the last ten years at the El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office.  Prior to becoming a Deputy District Attorney, he served as an Airborne Infantry platoon leader in Vietnam.  After his time in the military, Worth put himself through college and Law School and then worked as a prosecutor in Contra Costa and Humboldt Counties.  

Throughout his career, Deputy District Attorney Dikeman has prosecuted virtually every type of crime and held every position in a prosecutor’s office, including supervising sexual assault units, law and motion units, and drug units.  He has prosecuted more than 200 trials, including 30 homicides and two death penalty cases.  One such case was Curtis Floyd Price, an assassin for the Aryan Brotherhood, who was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to death after a thirteen-month long jury trial in 1983.   Dikeman also prosecuted Jackie Ray Hovarter, who was convicted and sentenced to death for abducting, raping and strangling a young woman in Humboldt County in 1988. 

Dikeman has previously been recognized repeatedly for his tireless efforts and unwavering dedication to justice, including being honored with the 1993 CDAA Prosecutor of the Year Award, the 2004 Pat Mitchell Award from the Eureka Police Officer’s Association, the 2006 Prosecutor of the Year Award from the California Narcotics Officers’ Association, and a recognition in 2006 from the Arcata Police Department for his service to the community.  Aside from DA Pierson, two other elected District Attorneys, a Superior Court Judge, a Deputy Attorney General, multiple members of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, and every current El Dorado County Deputy District Attorney provided letters in support of Worth’s nomination for the award. 

District Attorney Vern Pierson commented, “We have been fortunate to have Worth in our office.  He is a mentor to every member of our office, including myself.  Worth is the epitome of the professionalism and dedication we hope to see in all prosecutors.”