Bucks names a top aide as DA successor

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Matthew D. Weintraub will serve as interim district attorney in Bucks County until January 2018.

Bucks County Court judges voted Wednesday to name Matthew D. Weintraub to complete the term of his former boss, District Attorney David Heckler, who retired Sept. 2.

Weintraub, who was the office's chief of prosecution and whom Heckler called his "understudy," will serve as interim district attorney until the term expires in January 2018. He intends to seek election to the office next year.

"I am so excited to lead the incredible staff here at the office," Weintraub said in a statement. "This is a dream come true for me."

Weintraub, 47, first joined the District Attorney's Office as an intern in 1992. He has worked as a prosecutor in Bucks, Lehigh, and Cape May Counties. As chief of prosecution in Bucks County, he has worked on homicides and other major crimes.

Heckler had predicted that Weintraub would be his successor and said he hoped Weintraub would win election in 2017.

First Assistant District Attorney Michelle Henry had been acting as district attorney since Heckler's retirement. She will remain first assistant.

Weintraub will be sworn in at a Justice Center ceremony Tuesday.

jmcdaniel@philly.com 610-313-8205

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