Robert Colville

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Not to be confused with Robert J. Colville.
Robert Colville
Judge of the Pennsylvania Superior Court
In office
March 20, 2006 – January 6, 2010
Preceded by Edmund B. Spaeth Jr.
Succeeded by Anne Lazarus
Judge of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
In office
January 1, 1998 – March 17, 2006
17th District Attorney of Allegheny County
In office
January 5, 1976 – January 1, 1998
Preceded by John Hickton
Succeeded by Stephen Zappala
16th Pittsburgh Police Chief
In office
February 10, 1971 – March 1, 1975
Preceded by Stephen Joyce
Succeeded by Robert Coll
Personal details
Born 1935
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) janet
Children six
Residence Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Alma mater Duquesne University
Duquesne University School of Law
Profession Attorney, politician, police officer
Robert Colville
Other names Bob
Police career
Department Pittsburgh Police
Years of service 1960-1975
(Pittsburgh Police)
Rank 1 Gold Star.svg - Chief
1971 – 1975
Homicide Detective
1969 – 1971
1961 – 1969

Robert E. Colville is a Democratic politician and attorney from Pennsylvania.

Professional career[edit]

After graduating from North Catholic High School in 1953, Colville joined the Marines. He later attended Duquesne University, where he obtained his BA in 1963. Colville then returned to North Catholic, where he was a teacher, and the school's head football coach.[1]

While Chief in 1974 he started the department on testing for promotions.[2]

From 1971 through 1975, Colville served as Chief of Police under Mayor Pete Flaherty.[3]

Political and legal career[edit]

He was the Allegheny County District Attorney from 1976, when he defeated incumbent John Hickton,[4] until 1998.[5][6] Colville contemplated a run for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1981.[7] In 1997, he was elected to the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, and in 2006, he was appointed to the Pennsylvania Superior Court.[8]


  1. ^ "Colville, Robert E. 'Bob'". Biographies. Our Campaigns. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
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  3. ^ Warner, David (February 28, 1975). "Pete Names Coll City Police Chief". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Hickton, Colville Set To Debate at Forum". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 15, 1975. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Political Power To Change Hands Here On Monday". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. January 3, 1976. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Report: Juror feared 'outside pressures'". The Observer-Reporter. December 15, 1997. Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Colville To Superior Court". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 16, 2006. Retrieved July 27, 2012. 

See also[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
John Hickton
Allegheny County District Attorney
1976 – 1998
Succeeded by
Stephen Zappala
Preceded by
Stephen Joyce
Pittsburgh Police Chief
1971 – 1975
Succeeded by
Robert Coll