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Former Cumberland County Prosecutor Announces Candidacy for Judge of the Court of Common Pleas

Attorney Derek Clepper, a lifelong resident of Cumberland County announces his candidacy for judge of the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas.

A graduate of The Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and The Dickinson School of Law, Clepper began his legal career in 2003 as prosecuting attorney with the Cumberland County Domestic Relations Office. While at the Domestic Relations Office, he argued thousands of cases before the court.

In 2005, Clepper was sworn in as Senior Assistant District Attorney to the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office. During his career at the District Attorney’s Office Clepper prosecuted dozens of felony jury trials before the court. He served as the community prosecutor for Shippensburg University and the police departments of Newville and Shippensburg.  

Clepper has worked directly with several police departments across the nation. Since 2013 he has written policy manuals in eight states, including Pennsylvania. His work provides police departments with guidelines for professionalism and accountability, which in turn serves to ensure the safety of police officers and the community.

He currently serves as Professor and Director of the Criminal Justice Program at The University of Valley Forge.   

“I believe that my legal and civic experiences have prepared me to be the next judge of the court of common pleas. As judge, I will promote a restorative justice approach. I will focus on the victim, the defendant, and the community. As I have throughout my career, I will be a public servant to the citizens of Cumberland County and remain committed to the cause of justice.


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