Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger Elected PDAI President

July 15, 2020

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute (PDAI) announced its newly elected officers for the 2020-21 business year. The election took place during the Institute’s annual business meeting. The new officers are:

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

In addition, District Attorney David W. Sunday, Jr. of York County was appointed chair of the PDAI’s Education and Training Committee.

PDAI is the educational and training arm of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA).

“The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute is committed to providing high-quality education and training programs to help district attorneys, law enforcement, and victim services counselors best serve their communities,” said Goldinger. “I am honored by the confidence of my fellow prosecutors and committed to continuing the Institute’s tradition of offering timely topics to ensure the integrity of the criminal justice system.”

District Attorney Goldinger is a previous president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. He has been involved with the criminal justice system for over 20 years, including private practice criminal defense and prosecution. Since his election as Butler County District Attorney in 2007 he has been instrumental in the creation of Butler County’s Drug Treatment Court, Veterans Court and Behavioral Health (mental health) Court. Mr. Goldinger is a former Chair of the Butler County Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Chair of the Butler County Commissioners’ Council on Drugs and Alcohol, Chair of the Local Policy Board on Domestic Violence, and board member of the Butler County Family YMCA Board of Managers. Mr. Goldinger is a graduate of University of Akron School of Law (1995) and University of Pittsburgh (1992).

The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute was founded in 1983 for the purpose of developing and providing educational materials and training seminars for District Attorneys. In addition to providing training and materials to District Attorneys and their staffs, the Institute also conducts child abuse investigation courses, case law updates and other training courses for Pennsylvania’s law enforcement officials and administers programs to provide training to victim service professionals.  For more information about the Institute and its offerings, click here.

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July 15, 2020

Contact: Lindsay Vaughan, Director of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute lvaughan@pdaa.org or (717) 238-5416.