Friday, March 17, 2017
Morganelli Continues to Professionalize DA's Staff
Last night, he asked Council to approve the elimination of two part-time assistant DA positions so he could create two full-time positions He said he could find the money for this within the approved budget for his office.
If Council said yes, he'd be left with just four part-time DAs.
He has lost a top prosecutor to the US Attorney's office, while another has been battling a serious illness. Two others have been recruited by the FBI. "It sort of felt like the Titanic, down there in the DA's office," he joked. At the time he first made his request, his office was in trial on three different homicide matters simultaneously. All resulted in first degree murder convictions a=with a life sentence. Since that time, there have been three homicides in Palmer Township alone,as well as a rash of cellphone store robberies.
"We're really, really pressed for experienced folks," he told Council. He said adding experienced prosecutors "will enhance our office. I think we do a good job of prosecuting serious crime in this county,and with your help, we'd like to continue to do that."
With no discussion, Council unanimously approved Morganelli's request.. .