, 2014

Kunkle appointed deputy
Commonwealth’s Attorney

LANCASTER—Commonwealth’s Attorney Robert L. Cunningham recently announced the appointment of Kenneth M. Kunkle as deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney.

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Kunkle is a graduate of Regent University School of Law and Old Dominion University.
Before entering the practice of law, Kunkle served three years as a City of Suffolk police officer. He spent three years in the general practice of law with Tarter & Winn, P.C., in Virginia Beach, and served six years as deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney in Newport News. For a brief time, he served as assistant public defender in Chesapeake.

In the Newport News Commonwealth’s Attorney office, Kunkle worked closely with vice and narcotics detectives. He also worked on police training issues, conducting training classes at both the police academy and at daily police lineups.

“Ken’s service as a City of Suffolk police officer and his experience as deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney with the Newport News office are real assets to our mission of fighting crime in Lancaster County,” said Cunningham.

Kunkle also has experience with the “Intelligence Led: Community Prosecution, Community Partnership and Community Policing (ILC3P)” in Newport News. The ILC3P was a pilot program for one of three cities in the U.S. to identify problems within communities and to devise specific strategies to help combat each one.

“Ken has a background in prosecuting drug felonies, homicides and gun charges,” said Cunningham.

“His work is thorough. His prosecution experience with the Newport News Organized Crime Division, focusing on drug manufacturers and distributors, will definitely be an asset in fighting crime here in Lancaster County,” he added.

Cunningham said his office will fight against elements that would introduce manufacturing and distribution of dangerous drugs and the serious crime that accompanies them into Lancaster County.

“Kenneth Kunkle will be an important player on our team in that mission,” he said.

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