Washington County District Attorney Eugene A. Vittone on Thursday announced that James McElhaney will be assuming the job of chief county detective effective immediately.
McElhaney replaces J. Michael Aaron, who retired earlier this month.
He will oversee all the detectives operating in the Washington County District Attorneys Office, including the District Attorney Drug Task Force and the Special Victim Investigation and Prosecution Unit. These detectives assist with major crime, homicide and narcotic investigations.
McElhaney was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, where he served as a military policeman. He is a graduate of Mercyhurst College with a degree in criminal justice. Prior to joining the Washington County District Attorneys Office as a detective in July 2012, he served 22 years with the Pennsylvania State Police.
Vittone introduced McElhaney to the Washington County Commissioners at their meeting Thursday.
“I am very happy that Chief McElhaney has agreed to lead our law enforcement efforts. Jim is well-respected by members of the law enforcement community and has earned the respect of prosecutors and defense attorneys through the high caliber of his investigative work,” Vittone said. “My office is, indeed, fortunate to have an individual of Chief McElhaney’s character, integrity and professional knowledge joining us. I am also grateful to retiring Chief Aaron for his help during the transition period and wish him well in his retirement.”