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Thursday, April 9, 2015

McDermott announces candidacy for Elk County Magisterial District Judge

Jason McDermott has announced his candidacy for Elk County Magisterial District Judge 59-3-02.

McDermott is a lifelong resident to Elk County. Born and raised in Kersey, McDermott graduated from the St. Marys High School in 1999. In 1996, McDermott started his career working for the public as he became a volunteer firefighter. At this time, McDermott was given the opportunity to receive specialized training through many different facets, namely the Butler County Community College, the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and United States Fire Administration just to name a few.

As a graduate from the St. Marys Area High School, McDermott choose to continue his education at Pennsylvania State University. “As I attended Penn State, I took general education courses as well as courses that were geared towards working for the public such as Sociology- Facing Social Problems, Speech Communication- Effective Speech & Small Group Communications, and a course in providing Emergency Care.”

In 2003, McDermott graduated from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections Elizabethtown Training Academy.

In 2006, McDermott married and now resides in Ridgway with his wife and three daughters.

In 2009, McDermott attended the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Criminal Justice Training Center. “I studied the introduction to law, physical &emotional readiness, laws & procedures, motor vehicle law enforcement investigation, motor vehicle collision investigation, patrol procedures & operations, principals of criminal investigation, human relations, crisis management, families in crisis, report writing, case presentation, the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Code, the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, Search and Seizure, Ethics, and Evidence & Evidence Collection.”

In 2010 McDermott graduated from IUP, receiving the letter of commendation, acknowledging his outstanding example of tact, diplomacy, hard work and professionalism. “I constantly displayed a positive attitude and adaptability in the training environment and denoted intense commitment. My personal conduct and pride in professionalism reflects great credit upon the community.”

McDermott continues to further his education through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, the Municipal Police Officers’ Education & Training Commission, the Deputy Sheriffs’ Education and Training Board, Temple University, Mercyhurst University, the Institute for Law Enforcement Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. “I continue to study courses in Introduction to the Criminal Justice System, the Unified Court System of Pennsylvania, Civil Law & Procedure, Special Needs Groups, Legal Updates, Enforcement of Money Judgements and Levies, Management of Aggressive Behavior, Crimes against the Elderly, Transient Criminal Groups, Managing Public Events, Effective Communications, Domestic Violence Risk and Decision Making, the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle code, the Pennsylvania Crimes Code, Search and Seizure, Technology Updates (Social Media), Ethics, as well as the Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetics Act. Most recently I have become nationally recognized in the field of Crisis Intervention and Mental Health First Aid by the National Council for Behavioral Health.”

Now to look futuristically, as far as education and qualifications are concerned, McDermott is scheduled to attend the certifying course for prospective Magisterial District Judges offered by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Minor Judiciary Education Board. This course consists of approximately four weeks instruction at the Pennsylvania Judicial Center located in Harrisburg and is set to begin on June 1st.

McDermott started his career in 2010 with the Elk County Sheriff’s Office where he remains a full-time sheriff’s deputy. McDermott also serves as a part-time police officer for the Brockway Police Department and has done so since 2012.

McDermott has gained experience with the courts and civil proceeding through his service as a sheriff’s deputy and police officer. McDermott has worked with numerous agencies from both Elk and Jefferson Counties.

“If elected, this position will be my full-time job,” he said. “I do not have a personal business that will take my time away from my dedication to serving our community. I believe now more than ever, our local government needs a new generation to step up with new ideas to make our local government more accountable, efficient and user-friendly. By utilizing these new approaches, it will allow the best value of our tax dollars while keeping our common sense and efficiency top priority.”

“I want to continue serving the community that I call home. I was born here, raised here, married here, and raising my girls. I serve our community everyday. I am honored to serve in my current position and I would be honored to serve as your Magisterial District Judge.”

Jason McDermott will be 4th on the Democratic ballet, and 3rd on the Republican ballet.

See McDermott on Facebook: “Jason McDermott for Magisterial District Judge”

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