Mark R Zimmer was appointed chairman of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency by Governor Tom Corbett on March 1, 2011.
Mr. Zimmer is an attorney in private practice in Honesdale, Wayne County, and was a commission member of PCCD from 2000 to 2003. After nine years as an assistant District Attorney, Zimmer served twelve years as District Attorney for Wayne County.
Mr. Zimmer has been a member of the Attorney General’s Medical/Legal Advisory Board on Child Abuse, the Chairman of the Child Abuse Coalition for the Pa. District Attorneys’ Association, and a member of the Governor’s Partnership for Safe Children. He helped re-write and advocate for the passage of amendments to the Pennsylvania Child Protective Services Law in 1998 to require that investigations of child abuse be conducted by teams from various disciplines. He also helped write the present version of Pennsylvania’s Megan’s Law.
Mr. Zimmer was appointed the Joint State Government Commission’s Advisory Committee on Services to Children and Youth in 2000. He was appointed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to its Juvenile Court Procedural Rules Committee and served from 2005 to 2008.
Mr. Zimmer has taught many training and educational seminars sponsored by PCCD. He has also trained trial judges on law and procedures regarding the death penalty and has lectured on child abuse law and investigations to prosecutors, police officers and child protective services workers. Mr. Zimmer provides training for victim services providers and teaches various trial tactics courses to lawyers for continuing legal education requirements.
In 2004, the Child Abuse Prevention Services of Nassau County, New York, honored Zimmer with its Community Leadership Award for his role in standing up for the victims of criminal bullying by upperclassmen on a high school football team.
Mr. Zimmer volunteers his time and his legal expertise for Victims Intervention Program in Wayne County and has served as president of the Pegasus Child Advocacy Center.
Mr. Zimmer received his undergraduate degree from Penn State University and his law degree from Duquesne University. He and his wife, Linda, and their daughter Samantha reside in Wayne County.