A West Manchester Township police officer vowing to be tough on repeated offenders and those who commit crimes against the elderly plans to run for district judge in Manchester Township.

Jeffrey Oberdorf, 46, a 20-year veteran of department, said he decided to run so he can continue his public service by applying the law "in a just and honest manner" at office 19-2-04.

His experiences as an officer have given him insight into both the civil and criminal sides of the district judge position, he said.

Oberdorf said he'd be tough, but fair, and would issue higher bail amounts and tougher penalties for repeat and violent offenders and those whose crimes victimized elderly people.

"I don't think they'd have a good day in my courtroom," he said.

Credentials: Oberdorf said he's been a department leader in arrests, has served on the York County Drug Task Force, has held training and firearms-instructing positions and has been a member of the York County SWAT team.

He has also received the department's Life Saving Award for being one of two officers who resuscitated a woman who'd had a heart attack in her home, he said.

Oberdorf said he has served as president of the West Manchester Township Police Officers' Association for 10 years.

The officer graduated from Muncy High School in Muncy, Pa., and HACC Municipal Police Academy.

He said he entered law enforcement because he was inspired by his late father, who was chief of the Muncy department for 18 years.


Oberdorf's twin brother is a sergeant with the state police in Harrisburg.

Oberdorf and his wife live in Manchester Township and have two daughters.

New district: The newly formed district has been vacant since being created in January 2012 by the redistricting that closed the Brogue office of District Judge Nancy Edie. The new district covers East Manchester and Hellam townships, Hallam and Wrightsville.

- Reach Christina Kauffman at ckauffman@yorkdispatch.com.