Robert Eckenrode has been a police officer and a detective.

He is a special agent with the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. However, he has taken a leave from that position to run for district judge.

Eckenrode, 44, of Mount Wolf, is vying for the vacant District 19-3-11 seat, which covers East Manchester and Hellam townships, Hallam and Wrightsville.

"This is my first time running for office," Eckenrode said. "I feel like it's about continuing my service to the community and maintaining my reputation for justice and treating everyone with fairness and the respect they deserve."

Eckenrode, who is married with two children, is a 1986 graduate of the Christian School of York.

He received a bachelor of science degree in applied behavioral sciences from Penn State University. He has done graduate studies in education at Penn State Harrisburg.

Eckenrode was a police officer and then a detective with Northern York County Regional Police Department, where he worked for more than 12 years.

He has been a special agent in the bureau of criminal investigations in the state Office of Attorney General for more than 10 years.

He is a member of the York County Drug Task Force and has hostage negotiator experience. He is a member of the York County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 73 and is a Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association swimming and diving official.


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Eckenrode has received several awards for his work, including the Fraud Fighter Award 2012 from the Pennsylvania Insurance Fraud Prevention Authority.

"I feel my wide range of experience from traffic law to civil disputes to criminal homicide investigation and white collar crime cases has provided me with the knowledge and the background to best continue my service as the next district judge for this area," he said.

-Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.