District Attorney Kelly Callihan is a lifelong resident of Cambria County. She graduated from Westmont Hilltop High School in 1986, Penn State University in 1990 and the Dickinson School of Law in 1993. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute and was appointed by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to serve on the state Criminal Procedure Rules Committee in 2012. She previously served as an Adjunct Professor in the Criminology Department at Mount Aloysius College.
Kelly has served as District Attorney since January 2010. She was hired as the first full-time Assistant District Attorney in Cambria County in February 1996. Prior to working in the District Attorney's Office, Kelly served as a full-time Law Clerk to former President Judge Gerard Long and as a Juvenile Hearing Officer in juvenile delinquency and dependency proceedings.
She is chairman of the Cambria County Special Emergency Response Team Board, and heads the Cambria County Drug Task Force, Cambria County DUI Task Force, the Cambria County Elder Abuse Task Force and serves on several crime victim rights and services boards. She played a fundamental role in the creation of the Push Out the Pusher Tip lines, an anonymous drug reporting system. She is also a member of the Cambria County Criminal Justice Advisory Board and the Cambria County Prison Board, She is a founding member of the Cambria County Sexual Assault Response Team, which serves as a model throughout the state. Finally, most recently, she generated the infrastructure for the Cambria County Child Advocacy Center, opening Fall 2015.
Kelly remains committed to our school prevention programs. She designed and implemented an underage drinking and teen driving safety program which is administered to every 9th grade class in the county. In addition, this office participates in a 6th grade drug prevention program, and has been called upon to educate teachers and school administrators in the detection of drugs. Kelly signed on to assist in the area summer Youth Fairs conducted by the Cambria County Court. She has personally visited county-wide playgrounds to talk to kids about remaining drug-free and making good choices.