Cumberland County District Attorney Elected PDAI President: New officers and new member of the Board of Directors elected to lead PA law enforcement education and training

July 27, 2015

Harrisburg, PA – The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute (PDAI) announced today that Cumberland County District Attorney David J. Freed has been elected president to lead the organization during the 2015- 2016 business year. The new officers are:

President: Hon. David J. Freed, Cumberland County District Attorney

Vice President: D. Peter Johnson, Union County District Attorney

Secretary-Treasurer: Hon. Risa Vetri Ferman, Montgomery County District Attorney

In addition, Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty was elected to serve as a member of the PDAI Board of Directors.

PDAI is the educational and training arm of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA). The election took place during the PDAI summer meeting July 16, 2015.

“I am passionate about serving my profession and my fellow prosecutors, especially when it comes to vigilantly protecting the principles and standards we are bound to by law,” said Freed who also served as president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association from 2013-2014. “As president, I look forward to continuing the Institute’s tradition of offering the highly-regarded and up-to-the-minute trainings and resources that reflect evolving case law, technology and most importantly prosecutors’ commitment to excellence.”

David Freed was appointed Cumberland County District Attorney in 2005. He has since been elected twice to the office. In addition to serving as PDAA President, Freed has served on the PDAA Executive Committee, the PDAI Board of Directors and as chair of the PDAI Education and Training Committee. Prior to becoming district attorney, he served as first assistant district attorney of Cumberland County (2001-2005), assistant district attorney of Cumberland County (1998-2000) and as York County deputy prosecutor (1997- 1998).

The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute is the education and training affiliate of the Association. It 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.