E. David Christine, Jr.

On January 1, 2024, E. David Christine, Jr. officially retired as the longest-serving District Attorney in the history of Monroe County, having served six terms in office.  He was appointed by incoming-District Attorney Mike Mancuso to the position of District Attorney Emeritus.

As District Attorney Emeritus, David will continue to use his experience, professionalism, and legal expertise to mentor new Assistant District Attorneys.

Family Background

Born in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, David Christine is a seventh generation descendant of Philip Bossard, the first European pioneer to settle in Cherry Valley in 1745. David grew up on the family farm located only a few miles away from the Bossard homestead.

Born into a family with a proud reputation for public and community service, David is the son and namesake of the late Elmer D. Christine, Sr., Esquire and the late Dee Gregory Christine.

Elmer D. Christine, Sr. served as District Attorney of Monroe County from 1952 through 1955. One of the longest serving attorneys in the history of Monroe County, Elmer Christine held the position of member of the Monroe County Bar Association for 63 years at the time of his death in 2004.

A dedicated volunteer for many community and charitable organizations, Dee Christine volunteered at Pocono Medical Center for more than 50 years.

Mr. Christine’s brother, Greg, previously served one term as a Monroe County Commissioner, and also served the citizens of Monroe County as the County Administrator.

During his tenure as District Attorney, David resided in Stroudsburg with his wife, Lori J. Cerato, Esq.  Post-retirement, the couple has moved out of Stroudsburg but remain in the Monroe County area.

Educational Background

A 1975 graduate of Stroudsburg High School, David Christine graduated from Lafayette College with a bachelor’s degree in Government and Law in 1979. He graduated as a dean’s scholar from the Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California in 1981 and returned to Cherry Valley to fulfill his lifelong dream of practicing law with his father.

Legal Career

David first began working as a prosecutor in 1982, for then-District Attorney James F. Marsh, who became his mentor in the field of criminal prosecution. When he succeeded Attorney Marsh as the District Attorney in 1988, Christine, at age 30, was the youngest District Attorney ever elected in Monroe County.

In addition to his career as a criminal prosecutor, David practiced civil law with his father for 23 years at the law firm of Christine & Christine, located in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. David has been a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Monroe County for more than thirty-eight years.

District Attorney Emeritus Christine can be reached by calling (570) 517-3052 or by email at dchristine@monroecountypa.gov3