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Crawford County, Pennsylvania

District Attorney Biographies

DISTRICT ATTORNEY BIOGRAPHY

Francis J. Schultz has served as District Attorney of Crawford County since 2000.

He was first elected to office on November 2, 1999. Prior to becoming District Attorney, he served as a Crawford County assistant district attorney from 1995-1998. He is currently serving his sixth term as District Attorney.

As District Attorney, he is designated by law as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Crawford County. He supervises five Assistant District Attorneys and six support personnel.

He is an active member of the Pennsylvania District Attorney's Association and is a former past President of the Association and a past President of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute.

In 2000, he was the President of the Crawford County Bar Association. He is also a member of the National District Attorney's Association.

In September of 2009, Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett appointed DA Schultz to the Attorney General's Medical/Legal Advisory Board. He still serves on that Board.

In 2012 he was appointed by Governor Tom Corbett to the Pennsylvania Commission on Sentencing. DA Schultz served on the Commission on Sentencing for four years.

DA Schultz is the Chairman of the Crawford County Victim/Witness Policy Board and the Crawford County Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advisory Board. He also serves as Chairman of the Crawford County Prison Board and a member of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board.

DA Schultz volunteers his time to Crawford County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and serves as a member of the Board of Directors. He is a past President of CASA. Additionally, he is a former member of the board of directors of both the Meadville Little Gridder and the Saegertown Little Gridder football programs. He coached in the Saegertown program for six years and was an assistant coach for the Saegertown Jr. High football team for two years.

He frequently serves as a faculty presenter for the PDAA and PDAI in the areas of Trial Advocacy, Professionalism and the Crimes Code. In July of 2019 DA Schultz was given the Distinguished Faculty Award by the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute in recognition of his exemplary service to the PDAI as a guest faculty member.

Mr. Schultz graduated from Duquesne University in 1990 with a B.A. in Criminal Justice and was a member of the Duquesne Duke football team. He graduated from the Duquesne University School of Law in 1995.

ASSISTANT DISTRICT ATTORNEY BACKGROUNDS

First Assistant District Attorney Paula C. DiGiacomo

Paula C. DiGiacomo has served as First Assistant District Attorney of Crawford County since 1996.

She first became an Assistant District Attorney in 1994. Ms. DiGiacomo handles the majority of child sexual and physical abuse cases as well as homicides and other felony and misdemeanor cases.

She is a member of the Pennsylvania District Attorney's Association, National District Attorney's Association and formerly the President of the Crawford County Bar Association.

Ms. DiGiacomo graduated from Duquesne University School of Law in 1993 and graduated from Fordham University in 1990 with a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy.

Additionally she serves a member of the Board of Directors of Crawford County CASA and is a past president of that organization.


Craig A. Howe has served as a Crawford County Assistant District Attorney since 2005.

ADA Howe handles all types of felony and misdemeanor cases. Mr. Howe graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2000 with a B.A. in Political Science and graduated from The University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2003. He is a member of the Crawford County Bar Association and volunteers his time to the Meadville Little Gridders Football Program.


Andrew J. Natalo has been with the Office of District Attorney since October 2013. ADA Natalo prosecutes all types of misdemeanor and felony cases.  Andrew is a 2010 graduate of the Pennsylvania State University and a 2013 graduate of Syracuse University College of Law.  Andrew is a football coach in the Meadville Little Gridders Football Program.


John "JP" Kulzer has been with the Office of District Attorney since October 2015. JP previously served as a Law Clerk to the Judge Steven Leskinen in Fayette County. ADA Kulzer handles the bulk of the juvenile prosecutions in the county and also handles adult cases as well.

ADA Kulzer is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and a 2011 graduate of the University of New Hampshire School of Law. 


Allison J. Rice has been with the Office of District Attorney since July of 2019. ADA Rice specializes in the prosecution of domestic violence cases. Allison is a graduate of Youngstown State University and she is a 2014 graduate of the University of Dayton School of law. She is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Pennsylvania. ADA Rice is a volunteer firefighter for the Edinboro VFD.

ABOUT CRAWFORD COUNTY

The County of Crawford lies in northwestern Pennsylvania. Originally it was inhabited by the Iroquiois Indians and other tribes and nations. In later years, the land was acquired by a group of Dutch investors under title of the Holland Land Company and resold to settlers. The Commonwealth allocated land to its Revolutionary War soldiers as a bonus settlement. The county was formed in 1800 from a portion of Allegheny County and named after Colonel William Crawford, an early military hero and close friend of George Washington.

CONTACT US

903 Diamond Park Meadville, PA 16335

Phone: (814) 333-7300
Toll free: 800-982-9019

Fax: (814) 337-0457

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

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