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County DA not seeking another term

Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli will not seek another term as district attorney in 2019. Morganelli is currently Pennsylvania’s most senior district attorney and has served as president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association. Morganelli’s current term does not end until Dec. 31, 2019.

“Twenty-eight years ago, I had the honor of being elected district attorney of Northampton County. My years have been rewarding and professionally satisfying. Today, however, I am announcing that I will not seek re-election for another term as DA in 2019,” Morganelli said.

Morganelli said he has implemented initiatives that have “transformed the office from a part-time political office to a full-time, career prosecutors office.”

Some of them include:

• Eliminating part-time political positions and replacing them with full-time career prosecutors

• Hiring an equal number of male/female prosecutors, including the appointment of the first woman to serve as first deputy district attorney

• Hiring the county’s first and second African-American assistant district attorneys, the first Hispanic ADA and the first African-American county detective

• Creating the Northampton County Chiefs Association

• Creating specialized prosecution units - violent crime, domestic violence, juvenile, sexual assault, drugs, DUI, white-collar crime, appellate and grand jury

• Revamping the Northampton County District Attorneys County Wide Drug Task Force and confiscating over $3 million dollars from drug dealers

• Impaneling Northampton County’s first grand jury in 30 years to investigate unsolved murders and other crime

• Personally and successfully prosecuting 25 first-degree murder cases to verdict

• Being the first Northampton County DA to serve as president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association

“I want to thank everyone who has worked with me in the office over the years. ... I know that I will miss the challenges of this job. I feel that I have accomplished everything I set out to do and more. But there comes a time when we must move on to seek new challenges. For me, that time is now. ... Soon I will announce what I want to do for the remainder of my career. In the meantime, I will continue to lead this office and continue to be an outspoken advocate for victims of crime and for safe communities,” Morganelli said.

Contributed photoJohn Morganelli