From staff reports
MIDDLEBURG - Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch will seek election to a full term, according to a press release issued by www.mikeforda.com.
Piecuch was appointed district attorney by the judges of Snyder and Union counties in February 2010, the release states. His prosecutorial experience includes positions at the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office and at the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office.
As executive director of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys' Association, he was responsible for the training and advocacy needs of the state's 67 district attorneys and their staff, the release states.
"I am privileged to serve as district attorney, and look forward to continuing my work with state and local law enforcement keeping Snyder County a safe place to work, live and raise families," Piecuch said in the release.
The release states one of Piecuch's top priorities since taking office has been addressing youth issues. First-time non-violent offenders were given an opportunity to work with community volunteers to address their offenses through the Youth Accountability Program, which began in September 2010. Successfully completing the diversion program meant no criminal record for the youth, and more resources available to address the needs of repeat offenders, the release indicates. A community coalition to reduce juvenile delinquency is also being organized by Piecuch, according to the release.
"The district attorney needs to be more than an excellent courtroom prosecutor, but a community leader as well," Piecuch said. "My mission is to be both."
Piecuch graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster and earned his law degree with honors from Albany Law School.
He has lectured on criminal justice issues for organizations such as the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute, and the Pennsylvania Minor Judiciary Education Board. He was also an Adjunct professor at the Widener University School of Law, the release indicates.
Piecuch resides in Penn Township, Snyder County with his wife, the former Stacey Lawer, and their three children. According to the release, he is a member of the Selinsgrove Rotary Club, coaches AYSO soccer, serves on the board of the Summer Seals Day Camp and was recently elected deacon by his church, First Reformed UCC of Sunbury.