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Francis Chardo

Francis Chardo

District Attorney

Dauphin County

Chardo has been a prosecutor with the office for 27 years and district attorney for 3½ years. 

As DA, he leads a team of 31 prosecutors and 12 detectives. “We prosecute about 6,000 felony and misdemeanor cases before the Court of Common Pleas and many more before the magisterial district judges,” he said. 

Chardo added, “While I very much enjoy handling jury trials, diversion of appropriate cases from the criminal justice track is also an important part of the prosecutor’s role. Our Stepping Up Initiative …has been a great success. The use of co-responders who work for the District Attorney’s Office and ride with police is an important part of the program. These trained professionals step in to help people with serious mental illness.” 

“I spend my time away from work with my wife, Christine, and my daughters,” he said. “I enjoy spending time with my extended family.  I also enjoy reading … . Because my job involves violent crime and its effects, I have to see society at its worst … . To maintain balance, it is really important to be able to turn that off and focus on family.”


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