Joseph McGettigan has been appointed as the First Assistant. He returns to the District Attorney’s Office where he served from 1982-1993, mostly in the Homicide Unit. McGettigan has served as Chief Deputy of the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office (in charge of criminal prosecutions), First Assistant District Attorney in Delaware County (where he was a member of the prosecution team that successfully prosecuted John DuPont for murder), and, most recently, an Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia. He recently returned from one year’s service in Iraq as a U.S. Department of Justice Rule of Law Advisor. He has been a frequent instructor for the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association, the National Advocacy Center, and the Department of Justice. He has prosecuted homicide cases in 7 different jurisdictions, and is widely recognized among his peers for his ability to successfully prosecute homicides witnessed by young children.
Curtis Douglas has been appointed Deputy District Attorney for the Investigations Division. From 1980 until 1990 he was a Special Agent with the U.S. Treasury Department where he conducted criminal investigations of tax fraud and money laundering. In 1990 through 1998 he served as a Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney, trying numerous major felony and sexual assault cases. For the next ten years, Douglas served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Philadelphia where he led numerous investigations into Philadelphia drug organizations and violent drug traffickers. One of his federal investigations led to the seizure of 210 kilograms of cocaine in a shipment from California to Philadelphia, and a seizure of 275 kilograms of cocaine from a home in South Philadelphia. His investigations and prosecutions were so successful that he has the distinction of being mentioned by name in the lyrics of a well-known Philadelphia rapper. He recently completed a year as the Integrity/Accountability Officer for the City of Philadelphia where he investigated allegations of corruption and developed policies and procedures to detect and prevent corruption in the Police, Prisons, and Fire Departments.
Ronald Eisenberg has been appointed Deputy District Attorney for the Law Division. He has been a prosecutor in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office since graduating from law school in 1981. He became Chief of the Appeals Unit in 1986 and head of the Law Division in 1991. He has appeared at all levels of the state and federal court system, and has argued three cases in the United States Supreme Court. Eisenberg is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for the Pennsylvania Suggested Standard Criminal Jury Instructions, and was a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Criminal Rules Committee for ten years. He was an adjunct professor at Temple University School of Law for five years, teaching legal writing and research. He has represented the Pennsylvania and National District Attorney’s Associations in negotiations to draft statutes governing post-conviction review and DNA testing, has testified before the United States House and Senate Judiciary Committees, and has lectured to local, state, and national organizations on criminal justice issues.
Brian Grady returns to the office as Deputy District Attorney of the newly-announced Special Operations Division. Previously, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in the trial and law divisions and managed a private practice for ten years. He has practiced criminal and civil law, arguing cases at the trial, Superior and Supreme Court levels in numerous jurisdictions as far West as California.
Sarah Vandenbraak Hart has been appointed to serve as the Deputy District Attorney of the newly-created Performance and Policy Division and as the Chief Performance Officer. She has 19 years experience as a prosecutor in Philadelphia. She previously served as the Senate-confirmed Director of the National Institute of Justice, the research and development arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. There, among other responsibilities, she helped the National District Attorneys Association develop recommended performance measures for local prosecutors, supported research to reduce gun crime, and led the development of the $1 billion federal DNA Initiative. She has also served as a consultant evaluating innovative criminal justice programs for the Kennedy School of Harvard University, as a Visiting Professor for Rutgers University Criminal Justice Graduate School, as Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, and as a member of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Appellate Procedural Rules Committee. She has substantial experience in legislation and criminal justice reform efforts on the federal, state, and local level, and developed Pennsylvania’s recently enacted prison reform package which has led to substantial reductions in the Philadelphia county jail population over the last year.
Ed McCann has been appointed Deputy District Attorney for the Trial Division. McCann has been with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office for more than 20 years. He began his career in the Law Division, litigating motions and post conviction relief act cases. He later moved to the trial division, trying dozens of major felony and homicide cases. Since 2002, he has been the Chief of the Homicide Unit, overseeing the investigation and prosecution of all homicides that occurred in the City of Philadelphia. He led the grand jury investigation of the death of Danieal Kelly, and has personally handled the prosecutions of all the cases that resulted from that investigation.
George D. Mosee, Jr. has been appointed as the Deputy District Attorney for the Juvenile Division. Mosee joined the office in 1988 and has served in various units including Motions, Major Trials, Federal Alternatives to State Trials as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, Asset Forfeiture as Chief and the Dangerous Drug Offender Unit as Chief. From 1995 to 2002 he was the Deputy District Attorney in charge of the Narcotics Division. From 2002 until the present he served as the Deputy District Attorney for the Juvenile Division. Mosee serves on various boards, committees and commissions including the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice investigating Luzerne County and the Supreme Court’s Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee as Vice-Chair. District Attorney Williams has also asked Mosee to serve as the Chair for Hiring in the District Attorney’s Office.
Christopher M. Werner has been appointed Chief of County Detectives. For the last 21 years with the Philadelphia Police Department, he served in the Patrol, Special Patrol, Detective and Narcotics Bureaus and was promoted and assumed successive positions of responsibility and leadership. He was promoted to Captain in 2002. He recently served as the Commanding Officer of the 25th Police District and has also held commands in the Narcotics Bureau. Werner is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and Police Executive Research Forum’s Senior Management Institute for Police. He has a B.A. in History from LaSalle University, an M.S. in Criminal Justice Administration from St. Joseph’s University, a post-Master’s certificate in Public Administration from Villanova University, and a J.D. from Temple University Beasley School of Law. He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Bar.
Jodi Lobel has been appointed Chief of the Charging Unit. She is a native Philadelphian who earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania in 1985, and her juris doctor from Widener University School of Law in 1989. She completed two clerkships, one in Federal Court (the Eastern District of Pennsylvania) and more notably, a three year tenure with the Superior Court of Pennsylvania before joining the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office in 1992. Most recently, she served as Chief of the Felony Waiver Unit, a position she has held since October, 2002. Prior assignments have included serving in the Homicide Unit, the Major Trials Unit, the Habitual Offender Unit, the Juvenile Unit and the Municipal Court Unit. She has prosecuted many high profile cases.