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PERRY COUNTY – Perry County Prosecutor Rod Acchiardo filed paperwork last week officially seeking a second term in office. The Republican is thus far unopposed in his run for another four-year term.
“Part of my campaign platform four years ago was the pledge to be tough on crime but fair in the way justice is administered and to restore public confidence and integrity to the office of the Perry County prosecutor,” Acchiardo said.
Acchiardo said he will continue to work toward promoting public safety, which he called his No.1 priority and said during his first term has been maintained through the “aggressive prosecution of violent crimes and those involved in the manufacture and distribution of illicit drugs to the fullest extent permitted by law,” he said.
“We also look at rehabilitation and treatment for those who qualify in the form of drug court or community corrections monitoring. We have kept the victims of crime involved in the judicial process as cases work toward resolution.”
Acchiardo said the structure of the Perry County prosecutor’s office has been changed to more effectively meet the challenges of swift but sure prosecution of dangerous and violent criminals.
“I now require a full-time chief deputy prosecuting attorney and deputy prosecutors while consolidating all aspects of the prosecutor's office under one roof for the first time in Perry County. That means that all criminal cases, which include all violent and drug cases, juvenile cases and child-support establishment and enforcement cases are being handled out of the same office,” he said. “Not only has this resulted in a more efficient administration of justice, it has over the past three years been achieved under budget at a savings to the taxpayers of Perry County.”
Acchiardo said the criminal division of the prosecutor's office files an average of 800 new cases per year of which approximately 35 percent are felonies.
In addition, the child-support enforcement division of his office collects approximately $2 million in support each year, he said.
“As a practicing attorney in both state and federal courts for over 25 years, it has been an honor and privilege to serve the people of Perry County as their prosecuting attorney and with the mandate of the people I would serve a second term of office,” he said. “I have maintained an open- door policy with respect to the people of Perry County and I remain accountable to you.”