New Phila. Safe Schools Advocate named

Kelley Hodge, who was until recently assistant chief of the Philadelphia District Attorney's Juvenile Court Unit, has just been named Philadelphia's Safe Schools Advocate.

The state-appointed independent watchdog position has been vacant for more than two years. 

In her new role, Hodge will advocate for victims of crimes inside city schools.  She's also charged with monitoring the district's compliance with reporting violent incidents to the city and state.

Hodge, 40, of Philadelphia, has worked both as a prosecutor and public defender.

"I am honored to have been selected for the position of Safe Schools Advocate," Hodge said in a release.  "I am looking forward to working with all the public safety and education partners who are equally invested in promoting a safe learning and teaching environment within the School District of Philadelphia."

Mark Zimmer, chair of the Pennsylvania Commission of Crime and Delinquency, the state office to which Hodge reports, said her experience as both a prosecutor in Philadelphia and a public defender in Richmond, Va. will serve district students well.

In her most recent role at the DA's office, Hodge supervised 17 assistant district attorneys and was a liason between her office and the juvenile court judiciary.