Michael Lehutsky has formally announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for re- election as  Wayne County District Attorney.  Now in his 20th year as a prosecutor in Wayne County, Lehutsky is seeking a third term in the office he originally assumed in 2004. 


Michael Lehutsky has formally announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for re- election as  Wayne County District Attorney.  Now in his 20th year as a prosecutor in Wayne County, Lehutsky is seeking a third term in the office he originally assumed in 2004.  
 “It has been a distinct honor to serve the people of Wayne County for nearly two decades.  As District Attorney over the last seven years, I’ve never lost sight of my responsibility to advocate for the people of Wayne County and to fight the tough fights on behalf of our crime victims,” said Lehutsky.   “I can think of no greater privilege than to continue that service.”  
 Sal Giglio, Co-Chairman of the Committee to Re-Elect Michael Lehutsky commented, “For the last two years Wayne County has seen a marked decline in the number of crimes committed.  That drop clearly outpaces our neighboring counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania.  Mike’s leadership has clearly made a difference for the people of Wayne County.  His policies as District Attorney have saved more than $100,000 of county taxpayer dollars and he’s turned down over $36,000 in compensation and pay raises.  It’s that level of commitment that makes him the right choice to continue as Wayne County District Attorney.”     
 Lehutsky first became an Assistant District Attorney for Wayne County in January, 1992.  Throughout the years he has been specially appointed to prosecute criminal cases in Pike and Lackawanna counties.  As an assistant prosecutor he worked closely with county law enforcement officers and agents of the Commonwealth’s Office of the Attorney General leading the Wayne County Drug Task Force.   In 2001 Lehutsky became Supervisor for the Wayne County Drug Task Force and has worked to transition that Task Force from state to local control.  During his career he wrote a training manual for police officers concerning preliminary hearing procedures and participated in the creation of Wayne County’s domestic violence protocol and the drug policy utilized in the county’s schools.   
The District Attorney exercises direct control and supervision of all criminal prosecutions, investigations and miscellaneous matters in Wayne County.  He also exercises direct responsibility for the establishment and execution of all law enforcement policy for the county. Administrative responsibilities the job include supervision of a 12 person office staff, membership on Wayne County Prison Board, Wayne County Child Death Review Team, Child Abuse Multi- Disciplinary Team. Supervises, controls and directs the activities of the Wayne County Drug Task Force.  Lehutsky has been instrumental in the implementation of a centralized criminal court system and the formation of a Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB).  The CJAB is a workgroup of representatives from all agencies involved with the criminal justice system.   Lehutsky currently serves as chairman of the CJAB.
Mike Lehutsky is a lifelong resident of Wayne County and 1982 graduate of Western Wayne High School.  He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University in 1986.  In 1989 he obtained his law degree from the Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh.  While at Duquesne he served as an executive editor of the school’s law review.  In 2006 Lehutsky received a cross-designation as a Special Assistant United States Attorney allowing him to prosecute criminal cases from Wayne County in the federal courts of the Middle District of Pennsylvania.  
Lehutsky is a member of the Pennsylvania District Attorney's Association.  He was a member and former president of the Honesdale Area Jaycees.  Mike has served the March of Dimes, both on its local Wayne-Pike Walk Committee and on its Northeastern Pennsylvania Regional Board.  He has also served on the Board of Director’s for the county’s Victims Intervention Program.  In 2001 he was elected to Honesdale’s Borough Council.  He has served in that capacity until assuming the post of Wayne County District Attorney in January, 2004.   Michael Lehutsky resides in Honesdale with his wife, Toni, and their son Ethan.