Butler County DA Richard A. Goldinger Elected President of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association

July 11, 2018


Harrisburg, PA – Today, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) announced its newly elected officers for the 2018–2019 business year. The election took place during the Association’s annual business meeting. The new officers are:

President:                  Hon. Richard A. Goldinger, Butler County District Attorney
Vice President:        Hon. Raymond J. Tonkin, Pike County District Attorney
Secretary/Treasurer:  Hon. Michael Piecuch, Snyder County District Attorney

“Prosecutors are committed to ensuring public safety and constantly improving the criminal justice system for our communities,” said Goldinger. “I am honored to represent their good work through the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and look forward to engaging my colleagues, the legislature and our citizens to ensure our state continues to be smart on crime and utilizes best practices.”

District Attorney Goldinger has been involved with the criminal justice system for over 20 years through his service in private practice and now as district attorney. Since his election as Butler County’s District Attorney, he has worked to address many issues related to drug crimes including setting high bonds for drug dealers in order to protect the community from further dealing. He has also been instrumental in the creation of Butler County’s Drug Treatment Court, Veterans Court and Behavioral Health (mental health) Court. Mr. Goldinger is a graduate of University of Akron School of Law (1995) and University of Pittsburgh (1992).

Throughout its history, PDAA has been a leader in matters of public safety. Most recently, the Association successfully led efforts to reform Megan’s Law, and worked to pass Clean Slate legislation and new laws related to credit card skimming and elder abuse. The Association has also worked to reform civil forfeiture, update DUI laws, make strangulation a stand-alone crime to better protect victims of domestic abuse, and pass legislation governing the use of body cameras for police officers.

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