Hellam Township Police Sgt. Drew Heistand has been working to earn a master of business administration degree.

But he said he is putting that academic dream on hold to run for district judge in the vacant District 19-3-11 seat, which covers East Manchester and Hellam townships, Hallam, Mount Wolf, Manchester and Wrightsville.

"As a district judge, I would take a common sense approach," said Heistand, 34, of Hellam Township. "I would be fair impartial and respectful. That's how I am as a police officer. I'm not going to change if I become a district judge."

Background: Heistand has been with Hellam Township Police Department since 2003. Prior to that he worked at Wrightsville Police Department from 2001 to 2003.

A 1997 graduate of Manheim Central High School in Lancaster County, Heistand graduated from Harrisburg Area Community College's 80th Police Academy in 2001 and received an associate degree in police science. He received a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Lancaster County-based Elizabethtown College, where he has been pursuing a master's degree.

Heistand has organized "church collaboration" projects in which the police department held meetings with congregations in Hellam Township and Hallam and Wrightsville boroughs to find ways to work together to improve their communities.

He also had led similar discussions with the Eastern York Rotary Club and safety presentations at Kreutz Creek Library members.


Heistand also organized the "Thumbs Up Program," having safety sessions with students from Kreutz Creek and Wrightsville elementary schools. For the program, he brings his race car. He is the 2011 Series Champion for the American Racing Drivers Club Inc., according to its website at www.ardcmidgets.com

Heistand, who is married with two children, also is his police department's liaison to York County's Youth Aid Panel, a diversionary program for juveniles offenders of nonviolent offenses.

-Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.