Coming from humble beginnings, my reliance on hard work and dedication has allowed me the opportunity to live out my dream in the service of others. While serving my country in the United States Naval Reserve as a Cryptotechnologic Operator, I was entrusted with the task of decoding and encoding top secret messages. As a veteran, I then began my preparation for becoming a police officer. Acquiring a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology/Pre-Law from Indiana University of Pennsylvania was the first step.
I proceeded to become a police officer with the City of Easton and have now amassed 20 years of law enforcement experience. Throughout my career, I have attained many leadership roles. I was promoted to Patrol Sergeant, elected as President of the Fraternal Order of Police for two and a half terms and have received numerous merit awards. In my various roles, I believe in leading by example. I have not missed a single day of work due to illness or injury in the last 15 years.
In addition to my career service, I also serve my community. I have helped to raise awareness of premature birth and infant loss in conjunction with The March of Dimes. Raising substantial donations, I was recognized as the top fundraiser for the entire Lehigh Valley for three consecutive years. I volunteer as a Little League Coach with the Bangor Sports Association and have done so for the last three years. It is quite a balancing act to manage such responsibilities with a full-time career working the overnight shift!
As a lifelong resident of the Slate Belt, with two beautiful children attending our public schools, I have a vested interest in the future of our community. I’m committed to my civic responsibility and feel that the role of Magisterial District Judge is the perfect position for me to impact our future through fairness, dignity and respect.
In response to the many emails I have been receiving from voters asking me to talk about myself and the reasons why I chose to run for District Judge, I decided to post my response as follows:
I’m a 20 year veteran of the Easton Police Department getting ready to retire and am looking to continue my public service. I have achieved the rank of Sergeant and oversee a platoon of patrol officers on the overnight shift. I am a veteran of the United States Naval Reserve where I performed decoding and encoding of top secret messages. I grew up in the Slate Belt and still live here to this day. I have two beautiful children in the Bangor Area School District.
I am running for District Judge because I feel that it is the next logical step in my lengthy career in public service. I feel that I bring a host of knowledge to the position. In the Commonwealth, police officers are required to prosecute our own cases without the luxury of a law degree. I have prosecuted and testified in over 1000 cases in my 20 year career, both at the District Judge and County Court level, in front of a multitude of different District Judges. I feel that this has afforded me the opportunity to learn a lot about different judicial styles and different methods of adjudicating from the bench. It also has given me more experience than any other candidate running on the ballot.
I am also the oldest candidate on the ballot, giving me a world of life experience, both good and bad, allowing me the vision to be both sympathetic and empathetic to people and their different plights.
I am hard working and dedicated; not missing a day of work due to sickness or injury in the last 15 years. I believe that hard work and dedication is essential to the position and don’t believe that a person should receive full-time pay for doing part-time work.
I am running on the Republican side of the ballot exclusively as I did not want to mislead Democratic voters into thinking that I was a Democrat simply to garner votes. I firmly believe that the position should be earned through the election process and not through appointment, that nepotism and political influence have no place in the judiciary and that a candidate should not weigh in on issues that don’t affect he or she in their judicial position. I believe that a District Judge should be fair but firm, as well as impartial, and should put politics aside. A District Judge should exercise judgment with humility, dignity, and respect for all parties involved.
I am financing my own campaign and have taken no contributions from any persons or political committees in order to remain neutral and impartial.
I hope this has helped answer your question and helped you to understand more about me and where I stand. Please feel free to contact me with any further questions that you may have. You are also free to give this information to any other persons that you feel may need it. Voters need to be informed in order to make the best decision. Thank you for taking the time to contact me and I hope I have given you the confidence to gain your vote.