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Coopersburg Police Chief Announces Bid for District Judge Seat

Police Chief Daniel Trexler announces a run for Magisterial District Judge seat; Judge David Harding retiring this year.

Coopersburg Police Chief Daniel C. Trexler announced his candidacy for Magisterial District Judge in District Court 31-3-03, which serves Upper Saucon Township, Lower Milford Township and Coopersburg.

District Judge David B. Harding is set to retire this year. When Trexler heard, he decided he wanted to run for the office. 

"I was at a turning point in my career," said Trexler. "I could have [stayed chief] until I retire, but I do care about the town and I can give more."

Fellow officers attest to his dedication to the area.

"You see him at every event," said Patrolman Anthony Struss. "If there's ever anything big, he's in here with the rest of us."

Trexler feels that his time on the police force has prepared him for the position of district judge. "I've spent time in the criminal justice system, working with prosecution, summaries, testifying. I've been [serving Coopersburg] for almost 18 years and I want to continue to make this a safe place to be," said Trexler.

According to the press release, Trexler is a "Lehigh Valley lifer," graduating from Emmaus High School in 1986. He joined the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1990. He trained at the Allentown Police Academy, graduating in 1993, and worked part time for the Emmaus police force until joining Coopersburg police in 1995, and has been police chief since 2000.

Trexler also serves on the board for the Petzold Foundation and is involved in its Dice Run and Golf Tournament. He also volunteers as Special Olympics security. 

In his spare time, Trexler enjoys hunting, riding his motorcycle and woodworking. Examples of the latter hobby are on display at the Coopersburg Police Station in the form of a desk and two cabinets. 

aaron January 09, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Why would you elect a Cop to be a Judge of the judicial system? He has no qualifications for being a lawyer. I wonder if he even knows what a (bar exam) is.
Chandler January 09, 2013 at 02:35 PM
I thought you would have to be a lawyer--but you don't. Found this: Magisterial district judges are not required to be lawyers, but if they are not, they must complete an educational course and pass a qualifying examination before they can take office. They must also complete one week of continuing education each year in a program administered by the Minor Judiciary Education Board ( http://www.mjeb.org ). All elected magisterial district judges must be certified by Minor Judiciary Education Board (MJEB) prior to taking his or her seat as a judge. The MJEB administers a month-long education program that culminates with an exam, which the magisterial district judge must pass in order to be certified. The education program consists of courses on the Pennsylvania rules of evidence, criminal law, criminal procedure, civil procedure, ethics, the Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution, and Article I, Section 8 of the Pennsylvania Constitution. http://www.pacourts.us/Links/Public/AboutTheCourts.htm
Edward January 09, 2013 at 04:47 PM
This is where it's good to do a little research before posting something that shows your ignorance.
Lonks January 09, 2013 at 11:36 PM
Go get em Danny!! I think he'd do a great job. Just for some background there are a lot of District Court Judges that are former police officers. Like DJ Pochron in Salisbury and current DJ Harding was also a former Coopersburg cop. Most Attorneys including defense attorneys make terrible DJ's because their law degrees are very focused... As a police officer you need to know all laws and most of the accompanying case law in a split second because if you don't it could cost you your career! I'd rather have a Judge like chief Trexler who has made numerous split second decisions in his career that have been correct and have saved lives! Imagine what he's capable of accomplishing as a judge, having time to think things over.
Stew January 10, 2013 at 12:36 AM
The course that Chandler is referencing is free to all citizens of the Commonwealth of PA. Dickinson College offers the four to six week course depending on prior knowledge, background, degree(s), .etc. Judge Roth of Quakertown who had no experience (business owner) has done quite well in the position after Judge Stump retired from the bench. Those who know Chief Trexler know that his reputation and experience will do him well on the bench. Congratulations!!!
debbie February 19, 2013 at 12:53 AM
vote Mike Zweifel!!!

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