Former Attorney General Linda Kelly to run Allegheny County courts
The former attorney general under Gov. Tom Corbett will run Allegheny County courts starting next month, officials announced Monday.
President Judge Jeffrey A. Manning said he appointed Linda Kelly to the position of district court administrator based on her history as acting U.S. Attorney and interim Pennsylvania attorney general under Corbett. Her salary will be $140,000.
“Her experience is incredible; her wisdom is legendary,” Manning said. He said he has known Kelly since he was an assistant district attorney and she was an intern; later, he recommended her and Corbett to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
“I started out in the DA’s Office and worked the Court of Common Pleas as a prosecutor, so in a sense, this is kind of full circle for me,” Kelly said.
During her 30 years at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Kelly served as senior litigation counsel, First Assistant U.S. Attorney and acting U.S. Attorney for two stints from 1997-98 and in 2001. From there, Corbett appointed her to succeed him as attorney general when he was elected governor; she served the remainder of his term from 2011 to 2013 and did not seek election to her own term. She said she has been on “hiatus” from legal practice since then, but has maintained her law license.
Kelly has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh; her law degree is from Duquesne University.
The administrator is responsible for the day-to-day business operations of the courts and more than 1,200 employees, taking direction from the president judge. Manning said the experience of running the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Attorney General’s Office demonstrated Kelly’s abilities as an administrator.
Kelly takes over for acting Court Administrator Christopher Connors, who replaced Claire Capristo after her Jan. 15 retirement. She will start Feb. 17.
Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412 391 0927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.