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Key Staff Members

David J. Freed, District Attorney

David J. Freed was sworn in as Cumberland County District Attorney effective January 2, 2006. He had been First Assistant District Attorney since 2001. As District Attorney and Chief Law Enforcement Officer of our county, he is responsible for the overall functions of the District Attorney's Office. In addition, he personally prosecutes homicide and other violent felony cases. Dave is a graduate of Camp Hill High School, Washington and Lee University and the Dickinson School of Law. He previously served as a judicial law clerk in Cumberland County, a Deputy Prosecutor in the York County District Attorney's Office and worked in the private practice of law concentrating on insurance defense litigation. He is a member of the Pennsylvania District Attorney's Association where he serves on the Executive Committee, the board of the Pennsylvania District Attorney's Institute, and chairs the Education and Training, and Communication Committees. Dave lectures frequently to community and law enforcement groups and is a member of the faculty of the National Advocacy Center of the National College of District Attorneys.  Dave is assigned to serve as the Community Prosecutor for Camp Hill Borough Police Department and West Shore Regional Police Department. Dave lives in Camp Hill with his wife and three children.



Jaime M. Keating, First Assistant District Attorney


Jaime was appointed as First Assistant District Attorney in 2006.  As second-in-command, Jaime is responsible for oversight of all divisions of the District Attorney's Office including the Administration Division, Victim Services and Bureau of Justice Services.  Jaime is specifically responsible for the operations of the Criminal Investigation Division, the Drug Task Force and the Cumberland County Investigating Grand Jury while also managing a full trial caseload.  Jaime lectures frequently for law enforcement groups across the Commonwealth on a variety of topics.  In 2007, the Pennsylvania District Attorney Association awarded Jaime its first Distinguished Faculty Award.  He is the Community Prosecutor for all areas of the county covered by the Pennsylvania State Police.


Jonathan R. Birbeck, Chief Deputy District Attorney

Jon is in charge of the Trial Division of the District Attorney's Office, handling cases assignments and managing the trial case load and juvenile prosecution. 
Jon is responsible for approving extraditions for the office.  Jon assists with prosecutions in cases that arise from within the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill.  He is the Community Prosecutor for Carlisle Borough and Mt. Holly Borough.


Matthew P. Smith, Chief Deputy District Attorney

Matt is of the Appellate Division of the District Attorney’s Office.  He responsible for representing the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office in all proceedings in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania and the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.  He is also responsible for Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office in all proceedings in the United State Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit Court Appeals and the United States District Court.  Matt oversees and litigates all civil forfeiture actions as well as eviction and abatement actions.   Matt is assigned to the Insurance Fraud/Auto Theft for the office as well as Protection From Abuse/Indirect Criminal Contempt cases. He is responsible for running the legal intern program.  Matt is the community prosecutor for Lower Allen Township Police DepartmentShiremanstown Borough Police Department as well as New Cumberland Borough Police Department.


Daniel J. Sodus, Senior Assistant District Attorney

Dan joined the District Attorney’s Office in 2000 when he came from the York County Public Defender’s Office.  Before that he was in private practice in Carlisle.  He is a member of the trial staff with a particular expertise in white collar crime and elder abuse cases.  He is responsible for prosecutions in cases that arise from within the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill.  He is also responsible for Interstate Agreement on Detainer.  Dan is the Community Prosecutor for the Middlesex Township Police Department and the North Middleton Township Police Department.         


John C. Dailey, Senior Assistant District Attorney

John joined the office as a full time Assistant District Attorney in 2005 following his graduation from Pennsylvania State University-Dickinson School of Law.  He is a member of the trial staff and oversees the county Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) program along with District Attorney Freed. He is instrumental in the New Fast Track ARD program and the County’s DUI Central Court.  John is also the District Attorney's designee for the county's treatment court initiative and DUI/IP programs, as well as the Cumberland County Special Response Team. A retired Navy pilot, John is the Community Prosecutor for East Pennsboro Township


Christin Mehrtens-Carlin, Senior Assistant District Attorney

Christin joined the office as a full time Assistant District Attorney in 2005 following her graduation from Pennsylvania State University-Dickinson School of Law. Prior to that, she was the office's law clerk for two years while studying for her law degree. In addition to her trial duties, Christin is responsible for the Special Victims Prosecutions.  She is member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team responsible for reviewing assault cases against children.  Christin serves as the Community Prosecutor for Mechanicsburg Borough, Upper Allen Township, and Dickinson College


Richard H. Bradbury, Assistant District Attorney

Brad joined the District Attorney’s Office as a full time Assistant District Attorney in 2011 after he earned his degree from Pennsylvania State University-Dickinson School of Law.  Prior to that, he was a member of the Nation Trial Competition Team.  In addition to his duties as a trial attorney, Brad is assigned to Juvenile Prosecutions.  Brad is assigned to serve as the Community Prosecutor for Hampden Township Police Department  and Silver Spring Township Police Department


Charles J. Volkert, Assistant District Attorney

Chuck joined the District Attorney’s Office as a full time Assistant District Attorney in 2012 after he earned his degree from Pennsylvania State University-Dickinson School of Law.  Prior to that, he was a Certified Legal Intern for the office.  In addition to his duties as with the appellate division, Chuck assists with trial duties and Protection from Abuse/Indirect Criminal Contempt cases.  Chuck is assigned to serve as the Community Prosecutor for Lower Allen Township Police Department , New Cumberland Borough Police Department and Shiremanstown Borough Police Department