Jack Daneri joined the Erie County District Attorney’s Office in 2000 and was appointed District Attorney in 2009 upon the death of his predecessor, Brad Foulk. Daneri was elected to a four-year term in 2011, and was re-elected in 2015 and 2019. He oversees 15 full-time assistant district attorneys, nine detectives, and 10 support staff members.
As District Attorney, Daneri helped initiate or has participated in critical programs including UnifiedErie, the county’s group violence reduction strategy that includes the data-driven “Call-In” program; the Erie Gun Task Force; the Police/Community Relations Group; outreach to middle and high school students on the consequences of cyber-bullying and sexting; the countywide distribution of opioid reversal drug naloxone to law enforcement officers; and law enforcement education, providing legal and practical updates to police in crucial areas of prosecution preparation.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Daneri attended Allegheny College, graduating in 1981 with a degree in speech/television communications. He worked in broadcast and cable television from 1981 through 1987 before enrolling at Capital University School of Law, graduating with a Juris Doctorate in 1990.
Beginning his legal career as a law clerk, Daneri then went into private practice, focusing on criminal law and workers compensation litigation before joining the District Attorney’s Office.
Daneri remains active in and supports many organizations and community groups, including the Erie County Heroin Task Force; Erie’s Youth Leadership Institute; Erie County Truancy Task Force; Hooked on Books for Kids; COMPASS Reading Center for Dyslexia; Erie Boys & Girls Club; Police Athletic League; and Erie County Reentry Services and Support Alliance, which works to assist those returning to society from incarceration.