Former Cumberland County District Attorney and current Common Pleas Judge M.L. “Skip” Ebert will once again take over the role of district attorney for the county.

Ebert was appointed Friday by the Cumberland County Board of Judges to fill the office that was vacated by David Freed, who was appointed and confirmed as U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Ebert served as Cumberland County district attorney from 1995 to 2005 when he was elected to the bench.

He previously was the chief and executive deputy attorney general in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, first assistant Cumberland County district attorney, and assistant public defender in Cumberland County. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army.

“The court indicated that it will sorely miss working with their colleague on the bench, and that he will be very difficult to replace,” the county’s news release stated. “This is especially true in light of the heavy workload currently being faced by the court. Nonetheless, the court has chosen to honor his request to follow his passion and conclude his distinguished career in the only office he ever truly loved.”

Ebert is a graduate of The Citadel military academy, Boston University and Dickinson School of Law.

Senior judicial resources will be used to handle Ebert’s judicial caseload, according to a news release issued by the county.

Chief Deputy District Attorney Matthew Smith will serve as acting district attorney until Ebert takes office.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve with the likes of previous District Attorney Freed and First Assistant Keating,” Smith said. “During this transition and interim, we will uphold the mission of the Cumberland County Office of the District Attorney ensuring that justice is done in a fair, effective and efficient manner until my pending military deployment to the Middle East in January 2018.”

Ebert did not participate in the selection process.

Other applicants for the vacant position included Jaime Keating, Michelle Sibert, John Dailey, Fred Huganir, Sean McCormack, Dirk E. Berry, Richard W. Long and Doug Marsico.

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