Lackawanna County DA Mark Powell Elected to PDAA Executive Committee

March 29, 2021

Harrisburg, PA –The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) announced today that Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell has been elected to fill a vacancy on its executive committee.  Powell’s nomination was approved unanimously by the PDAA executive board.

District Attorney Mark Powell“The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association has earned a well-deserved reputation for protecting fairness and integrity in the criminal justice system,” said PDAA President and Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch. “We are very pleased District Attorney Powell will take on this leadership role and look forward to his insights and input as we work to make sure Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system works for everyone.”

As a member of the executive committee, Powell will help lead the business of the association as it works to accomplish its goal to help district attorneys discharge their duties in the various counties of the commonwealth. This includes promoting cooperation, coordination and an exchange of information among member prosecutors.

Prior to his election to the PDAA executive committee, Powell served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute, the education and training arm of the association.  Powell was first elected Lackawanna County District Attorney in 2017. Since taking office he has put an emphasis on stopping the flow of opioid drugs, including the over-prescription of opioid medications by doctors, and prosecuting crimes against children and seniors. Learn more about DA Mark Powell here.

Throughout its history, PDAA has been a leader in matters of public safety. Most recently, the Association supported legislation signed into law to require more extensive background checks before police are hired and improve police training.  PDAA has helped to enact laws to better enable vulnerable victims to testify against their abusers, to hold domestic abusers accountable by making strangulation a stand-alone crime, to protect against online exploitation by creating the crime of sexual extortion, and to help those with criminal records obtain employment with a clean slate law, which seals certain non-violent criminal records. For more information about PDAA click here.

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Contact: Greg Rowe, PDAA Executive Director, growe@pdaa.org or (717) 238-5416.