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Dauphin County District Attorney

Salary: $182,166.404 year termThe County District Attorney is elected to be the chief law enforcement officer in the county. The District Attorney oversees an office of prosecutors, detectives, and support personnel, which handles cases each year in the County Court of Common Pleas and the appellate courts.Responsibilities:As Chief Law Enforcement Officer of the County, the District Attorney investigates and prosecutes all crimes.The District Attorney ensures that all victims of crime are represented as required by the Crime Victims Bill of Rights, and that their authorized, legal claims for restitution are processed.The District Attorney ensures that all persons arrested for criminal offenses are processed in order to establish identity, prior criminal record, and mental health impact and thereby facilitate valid bail consideration and outstanding arrest warrant status.

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    Fran Chardo
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

Describe how your qualifications and experience make you the best candidate for the job of District Attorney.

What is your philosophy regarding incarceration versus rehabilitation for people charged with nonviolent crimes?

What are the most challenging issues facing the District Attorney's Office? How would you address the most pressing challenge?

I have spent the last 25 years as a prosecutor, working for justice for the people of this County. I have tried over 135 jury trials, including numerous murder trials. I am one of only 18 lawyers in Pennsylvania who are board certified in criminal trial advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Since January 2, 2018, I have served as Dauphin County District Attorney after the judges of the Court of Common Pleas appointed me to that position. Since then, I have done my best to act in the interests of justice in all cases our office handles. Every day, I seek to do the right thing for the right reasons.
Most of our cases do not involve sentences of imprisonment. For non-violent offenses, we have a number of programs that seek to help defendants avoid re-offending. For example, we have a Drug Court Program and a Veterans Court Program. For those whose involvement in the criminal justice is related to a serious mental health issue, we have the Stepping Up Initiative. This program allows us to identify these cases early on and get these offenders the help that they need so that they do not offend. These approaches allow us to have the resources to concentrate on getting convictions and appropriate sentences for the truly violent felony offenders.
The opioid crisis has been the biggest challenge. Drug Court is one method we have used to help those who are in the throes of addiction and have pending criminal cases. We have also coordinated with our our police partners and the Coroner to more quickly identify the source of narcotics whenever there is an overdose death. This has allowed us to be more effective in the prosecution of cases of drug delivery resulting in death.