PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 24, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams today appointed Dr. Claude Thomas to serve as the next Chief County Detective for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office (DAO). The Office’s Chief County Detective has complete oversight of all law enforcement personnel assigned to the DAO, which includes approximately 60 Detectives.
“On behalf of the 600 men and women of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, I’d like to congratulate Dr. Thomas on his new appointment as the Office’s new Chief County Detective,” said Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. “Claude does not just have almost three decades of exemplary experience on the local, state and federal law enforcement levels; he has a powerful command of the work we do here in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. He is a leader inside and outside the Office to his fellow Detectives and community members. And, he is an outstanding officer and dedicated professional who has proven himself as a consummate public servant and role model to many of the students who have come into the Office to learn about what we do to keep Philadelphians safe.”
Thomas joined the DAO in 2013 as an Investigator responsible for conducting political and public figure criminal investigations. Before joining the DAO, he was a Senior Supervisory Special Agent for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office (AG). As a Special Agent, he conducted criminal investigations of secret and sensitive corruption cases, oversaw and guided the investigations of multiple AG Investigators and served as a resource for citizens, civic organizations, community groups, school districts and other organizations to help reduce drug abuse and crime in the Commonwealth. He was also a Narcotics Agent II conducting undercover criminal investigations of highly confidential and sensitive local and state criminal, street and organized crime and fraud cases. Before joining the AG’s Office in 1990, he was a State Police Trooper for the Pennsylvania State Police with a 96 percent criminal prosecution rate.
In addition to having his Doctor of Education from Wilmington University, Dr. Thomas has a Master of Sciences Degree in Administration of Criminal Justice from St. Joseph’s University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Management from Eastern University. He has also received numerous law enforcement certifications and state and federal security clearances. Thomas is filling a position that has been vacant for the last three years.