Connellsville lieutenantto run for district judge

| Saturday, March 16, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Kenneth H. Jaynes of Dunbar Township is seeking the Democratic nomination for district judge for the Magisterial District of 14-3-04.

The district includes Dunbar, Franklin, Perry, Lower and Upper Tyrone townships, Dawson, Dunbar, Everson, Perryopolis, Vanderbilt, Belle Vernon, Fayette City, Newell, Franklin, Jefferson, Upper Tyrone and Washington.

This is Jaynes' first run for political office.

Jaynes, 51, has worked in law enforcement for 30 years. He worked for the Connellsville Police Department for more than 20 years and is the city detective, holding the rank of lieutenant.

He earlier worked for the FBI in Washington and in Clarksburg, W.Va. In Washington, he was an investigative specialist in foreign counterintelligence. He also worked in the Office of Congressional and Public Affairs, providing information and communications to the public and to members of Congress and other federal, state and local government agencies.

Jaynes worked as supervisor of security at the Clarksburg facility.

In his career with the Connellsville department, he has held the positions of public relations officer and school resource officer and worked on the Western Pennsylvania Auto Task Force.

As the public relations officer, he provided the media with written press releases and conducted interviews for local newspapers and television stations. Jaynes has provided programs to many local civic groups on such topics as safety issues facing senior citizens, Internet safety for parents and their children and different types of scams.

“During my career as a law enforcement officer, I have testified in many traffic and criminal cases at the magisterial and Fayette County court levels,” Jaynes said. “Through my experience, I have gained a vast knowledge of the criminal and civil court systems in Pennsylvania.”

As the school resource officer, Jaynes said, he provided a safe and secure environment for the students in the Connellsville Area School District. He presented classes on safety issues, which included stranger danger, safe biking, safe driving and alcohol and drug awareness programs. The programs were presented to students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Jaynes founded the Law Enforcement Club at Connellsville Area High School. The club introduced students to careers in law enforcement and the criminal justice system of Pennsylvania. Club members helped in various capacities with programs for younger children and members of the public.

“I plan to work with the Fayette County Courts and Juvenile Probation office to find alternative punishments and rehabilitative measures for certain juvenile offenses,” Jaynes said. “During my career, I have seen many victims and witnesses inconvenienced due to having to miss work for hearings and court cases. I plan to expand my office hours to be more accommodating for all citizens.”

Jaynes graduated from Connellsville High and Washington & Jefferson College in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration. He is a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 87, New Haven Hose Company Volunteer Fire Department, Moose Lodge No. 16 and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge No. 503.

He has been married for 27 years. He and his wife, Susan, are the parents of Christina, Matthew and Heidi and two rescue dogs, Frank and Jesse.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or

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