Jim Thorpe, Carbon County – Gary Dobias is serving his 6th term as Carbon County District Attorney. He smiled, "It was the best job in the world. I loved and do love the job. I could not imagine doing anything else."
He has been a prosecutor for 34 years, more than half of them as District Attorney. He has also served as the Pennsylvania District Attorneys’ Association President.
Dobias told Eyewitness News he will step down in September. One reason is that the case load in the formerly quiet county has skyrocketed. When he started, he had about 300 cases a year. This year he expects he will deal with about 1,400. He said, "It's been intense. Carbon County is no different than anywhere else in the state. We've seen an increase in crime. We've seen an increase in violent crimes."
Dobias also said he wants to focus on his family. He has two grown children and two grandsons; ages six and three." I want to spend more time with them. I want to have a little more relaxed pace,” he said.
Looking back on his long career, he said his most proud moment was prosecuting Ernest Freeby a man convicted of killing his wife even though investigators never found the victim’s body.
First Assistant District Attorney Jean Engler will replace Dobias temporarily. Voters will choose a replacement next year.