PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 11, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today, in an effort to continue to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of his Office, announced the following changes to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (DAO) leadership team.
“Good people in the right positions make for an effective Office and strong prosecutions. It’s part of my commitment to the people of Philadelphia that the 600 men and women of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office will do everything we can to keep our city safe,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. “These organizational changes are a continuation of my ongoing effort to make this Office as impactful as it can be. Congratulations to these five Assistant District Attorney’s on their new positions and I thank them in advance for the good they and their teams will do.”
Ann Ponterio, Deputy of the Gun Trafficking, Public Nuisance Task Force and Community Engagement Division – ADA Ponterio began her career in the Office in 1984 and has spent the last 32-years of her career prosecuting cases starting in Municipal Court and continuing through Juvenile, Major Trials, Rape and the Homicide Units of the DAO. Ann has tried over 100 homicide and rape jury trials and was appointed Chief of the Homicide Unit in 2010. While Chief of the Homicide Unit, she supervised the Gosnell investigation and was appointed Deputy of Investigations in 2012.
Curtis Douglas, Deputy of the Investigations Division – Assistant District Attorney (ADA) Douglas began his career in 1980 as an IRS Special Agent investigating complicated, white collar crimes. He joined the DAO in 1990 as an ADA prosecuting rape, murder, aggravated assault, robbery and drug trafficking cases. He left the Office to spend ten years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office prosecuting Federal jury and bench trials. He returned to the Office in 2010 as the Deputy of the Investigations Division. Douglas was later appointed as the Deputy of the Gun Violence, Narcotics Trafficking and Community Engagement Division in 2013.
Brian Zarallo, Chief of Special Investigations – ADA Zarallo has been with the Office since September of 1997. After several years in the Major Trials Unit, Brian spent two years in the Investigations Division where he was cross-designated as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney prosecuting wire and bank fraud. Zarallo then worked in the Office’s Repeat Offenders Unit and was transferred in 2008 to the Homicide Unit where he served with distinction and was awarded the Roger King/Judy Rubino Award for Excellence in Homicide Prosecution in 2011. Zarallo was the Assistant Chief of the Homicide Unit in Nov. of 2012 until Jan. of 2016.
Yvonne J. Ruiz, Chief of the Insurance Fraud Unit – ADA Ruiz has more than 32-years of prosecutorial experience in the Office. Before being appointed as the Chief of the Insurance Fraud Unit, she had been assigned to the Investigations Division’s Economic and Cyber Crime unit since 2007 where she investigated and tried embezzlement cases. Previous to the Investigations Division, she was in the Trial Division, specializing in child homicide cases from 1994-2007. Yvonne has tried over 100 child abuse and homicide jury trials and was a supervisor in the Child Abuse Unit from 1992-94.
Harold “Rich” Bauer, Chief of the East Division – ADA Bauer has been with the Office since August of 2000. After being promoted through several trial units, Rich was transferred to the Repeat Offenders Unit in 2006 where he was assigned to East Division. In March of 2013, he was selected to serve as the Assistant Chief of the South Bureau. Later that year, he was selected to serve as the Chief of the Pretrial Unit and continued to run the Office’s Veterans Court program. In addition to his work in the DAO, Rich is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve Judge Advocate General’s Corps. Through his work in the military, Rich has served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for both the Western District of Texas and the District of New Jersey.
The above staffing changes began to be implemented in the DAO last month and are effective immediately.