Yesterday, as follow-up to my last post, I sent a joint email to Chester County district attorney candidates Pat Carmody and Tom Hogan. I gave each an opportunity to respond to the post, and stated that I would include their remarks on Community Matters. Because the prior article had focused on Mr. Carmody and Mr. Hogan, I sent the email to only these two candidates. However, there is a third candidate in the district attorney race, Steve Kelly, and he should be afforded the same opportunity for comment. This morning I sent Mr. Kelly an email — if he responds, his comments will be posted on Community Matters.
In my post of yesterday, I spoke of receiving an anonymous email from what I viewed was a concerned citizen. It is not unusual for me to receive anonymous emails from people. There are people who are concerned about an issue but may be unwilling to reveal their identity for many reasons . . . work situation, fear of spouse or children retribution, political reasons, etc. and I protect the person’s right to anonymity. However, it is important that information received from an anonymous source is accurate. Yesterday’s post contained questions concerning Mr. Carmody’s cell phone, whether private or county-issued, and the use of the phone for campaign-related activities.
I am pleased that Mr. Carmody has responded to the questions raised on Community Matters. I believe that in his statement below he answers the questions and I thank him for taking the time to clarify. Tonight is the next GOP district attorney interview – this one for the Phoenixville area. I hope that the committee members attending will focus on the important issues of this race.
An “anonymous email” is not a reliable source. Here are the facts:
- I have compensated the county for my use of the county cell phone the past two months. I keep that phone with me 24/7 because of my need to respond to all crime scenes.
- I took off time during the day to make phone calls, so those calls were not made on county time—that was time earned over the last 27 years. I have spent many additional late nights (unpaid hours) back at work.
- There is no one else in the county who has worked more unpaid hours than I have in my career. I do not receive overtime pay for my work. Every time I go to a crime scene, which I do regularly, I go on my own and at no expense to the County.
The Daily Local News article dealt with Tom’s claim that the DAs office is “in disarray”. Tom made that argument by misstating the facts about 2 cases out of the 9500 we handled last year. He cited a rape case that was thrown out by a Judge, without mentioning that the Judge admitted he made a mistake and these 4 defendants are now ready to go to trial. He cited that a defendant was given immunity for a murder without mentioning that same defendant was convicted of 1st degree murder in that case.
Additionally: We have the lowest crime rate of any suburban Philadelphia county and lower than any similarly sized county in the state; our Drug Court program has been used as a model for programs in Montgomery, Bucks, Berks, Lancaster and other counties; Philadelphia is modeling their Recovery Court program after ours and our Child Abuse Unit won a national award last year. I could go on. The bottom line is we have an excellent DA’s office that I am proud to work for.
My concern is Tom only presented part of the story which is misleading and causes false alarm among the public. Also attacking a hardworking group of ADAs is not a way to lead them.
Hopefully, we can get the DA race back to the real issues that concern the public. It is too important a position to “play political games”.