John S. Kennedy is a 1976 graduate of Central Dauphin High School, a 1980 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and a 1983 graduate of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law. He completed Treatment Court Judicial Training in 1997, 2001, 2006 and 2011 at the National Judicial College. He was the previous chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Associations Committee on Corrections and has served on various committees of the Pennsylvania Sentencing Commission and the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. He resides in York, Pennsylvania with his family. His biggest claim to fame is that he is the father of the only African American Division One ski racer in the country.
In January of 2012, he undertook the expansion of the York County DUI Treatment court. The program has expanded from 50 participants to over 150 in 8 months. He is a member of the York County Criminal Justice Advisory Board. He helped establish the York County Target 25 Program that modified the handling of DUI cases in York County to specifically promote public safety by monitoring repeat offenders pretrial with supervised bail and alcohol monitoring. He received the Governors’ Highway Safety Award in 2014 and the NHTSA Lifesavers Award for his involvement in the Target 25 Program.
He now presides over the York County Mental Health, Drug, Veterans and DUI Treatment Courts. He is also the Orphan’s Court Judge and handles a variety of Civil Court matters.