District Attorney Stephanie Anderson announced that she has appointed Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Ackerman as Deputy District Attorney. On Thursday, January 28, in the Cumberland County Courthouse, DA Anderson administered the oath of office to Attorney Ackerman. Members of the District Attorney’s Office were in attendance, along with some guests.
Attorney Ackerman has been an employee of Cumberland County District Attorney's office since 2000, first as a student intern in the Juvenile Division then as an Assistant District Attorney in the District Court division, where she became its supervisor in 2003. In 2009, when the office was reorganized for the Unified Criminal Docket, Attorney Ackerman was appointed Team Leader for the Red Team. In October 2015, she took over as the Purple Team Leader.
The Deputy District Attorney position had been vacant since December 8, when then-Deputy Megan Elam ended her 27-year tenure with the office to take a position as a homicide prosecutor in the Attorney General’s Office.
In making her decision to appoint ADA Ackerman, Anderson stated “Jen has the breadth and depth of experience in this office which is unparalleled. Her tenures in the Juvenile Division, the District Court Division and two out of three felony trial teams have laid the groundwork for her ability to understand the overall mission and operation of this office. She has tried several difficult and high-profile cases, establishing her skills as an excellent trial attorney. She is deeply committed to public service, and has shown me over and over again that she exercises sound judgment and can effectively lead a group of diverse people. I am fully confident that she possesses the necessary character, skill sets and motivation to fulfill and exceed the expectations of this demanding position.”
At the end of her swearing in, the new Deputy expressed a sincere appreciation for the faith and confidence that District Attorney has placed in her.