Joe Gothie lives in Manchester Township with his wife of 21 years Stacey and their two children. A graduate of the Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Joe started his legal career in York as a law clerk for the Hon. John S. Kennedy, and later worked for Anstine & Sparler in civil law. He opened his own law firm in 2003, focusing on criminal defense and representing small businesses such as property management companies.
In addition to his legal work, Joe has taught many classes to lawyers and judges about evidence, DUI law, and the use of technology in the courtroom. Joe also applied his legal training while serving on the York County Law Library Committee, which he helped to merge into the general operations of York County which saved York taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Over the years, Joe has helped numerous non-profit organizations in the York County area free of charge (pro bono) to improve their business processes.
Joe has been active in the community, serving on the Central York School Board since 2016, where he never voted for a single tax increase. While on the board he volunteered many times to adjudicate disciplinary hearings where he had to help decide how to balance school safety with legal obligations to educate troubled students. He also worked on improving board transparency, cutting unnecessary funding to allow increased student activities, and improving financial forecasting for Central York, which is on track to be debt free in two years.
When he is not spending his time on work, Joe enjoys taking blacksmithing classes, hunting and fishing, and cutting and splitting his own firewood.