A Canonsburg police officer who was seriously injured in an ambush that killed a fellow officer in November 2016 has announced he will run for district judge.
Jim Saieva, 50, a 25-year Houston Borough resident, is seeking the magistrate’s nomination in the district being vacated when District Judge David Mark retires early next year.
Officer Scott L. Bashioum and Saieva were responding to a domestic dispute at a home on Woodcrest Drive when they were shot.
As a result of Saieva’s actions during that incident, in which Bashioium was mortally wounded, Saieva received the Canonsburg Medal of Honor, the Canonsburg Police Purple Heart Award, the Pennsylvania State Fraternal Order of Police Valor Award and the 2017 Amen Corner Senator John Heinz Law Enforcement Above and Beyond Award.
“While working as a police officer, I have always taken pride in serving my community,” Saieva said in a news release.
“As the victim of a domestic violence-related crime, I know firsthand the impact that these events have on victims and their families. When elected, I will hear these cases with compassion and understanding.”
Saieva also aims to schedule hearings in the afternoon one day a week so those involved do not have to miss an entire day’s work.
The candidate holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Edinboro University. He also graduated from the Municipal Police Officer Academy at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Saieva and his wife, Marie, have two children.
He is a Republican who plans to cross-file.
Those who previously announced magisterial candidacies were Canonsburg police Officer Charles Tenney and Washington County Public Defender Glenn Alterio.
In addition to the two boroughs, the district includes Canton and Chartiers townships.
District judge salaries are more than $91,000.