Deb Ryan, the first Democrat and the first woman to be elected to the district attorney’s post in Chester County, is getting ready to start her historic first term in January, writes Vinny Vella for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Ryan will take over the position vacated by Tom Hogan, her one-time boss during her tenure as head of the office’s child-abuse unit.
Ryan’s Jewish grandfather was a Holocaust survivor saved from certain death by Oskar Schindler. This background helped forge a strong sense of justice in Ryan and put her on a path to public service.
“This is not a political job, and it’s unfortunate that we had to go through this campaign to get here,” said Ryan. “Our goal is to ensure the safety of our residents of our county.”
In her new position, Ryan, 48, is dedicated to combating the child abuse epidemic in Chester County.
“After being reactionary for so many years from these horrific cases, we’re trying to make headway in Chester County to prevent it in the first place,” she said.
Read more about Deb Ryan in The Philadelphia Inquirer here.