Connellsville lieutenantto run for district judge
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- High temperatures, low gas prices could entice 30.4M holiday travelers
- Uniontown sex offender wants lewdness charges dropped
- Former Fayette County attorney jailed on parole violation
- Connellsville Area School District to honor Hall of Fame inductees
- Troopers plan checkpoints on Fayette County roads
- 4 projects suggested for block grant funding in Connellsville
- 2nd defendant to enter plea in Connellsville homicide
- Operator should have waited after ATV, train collision, Perry Township chief contends
- Frazier School District mulls $1.5M loan
- Dunbar Twp. man, 82, accused of trying to rape home health aide may get probation
- New Fayette County assistant DA named