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Lehigh County Coroner announces retirement

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 by Debbie Galbraith dgalbraith@tnonline.com in Local News

In a letter to Lehigh County Executive Phillips Armstrong Jan. 10, Lehigh County Coroner Scott M. Grim, D-ABMDI, announced his retirement.

“It is with a heavy heart that I respectively inform you that effective Thursday, February 28, 2019, after 26 years on the job, I will be retiring my position as Lehigh County Coroner,” Grim wrote in his resignation letter.

Grim said he has been offered “a very interesting opportunity and I am up for the challenge.”

Grim will join the Pennsylvania Department of Health and will be investigating violent deaths, working with other coroners, law enforcement and district attorneys to develop programs to reduce the number of these type of deaths.

Grim said he leaves the community and the county with “the best coroner’s offices in the commonwealth and the United States.”

Following the announcement, Lehigh County Controller Glenn Eckhart said Grim “has been such a huge asset to Lehigh County that may never be replaced. I am proud to call him my friend.”

“It’s a huge loss for Lehigh County,” Lehigh County Commissioner Geoff Brace said on Facebook. “Nobody embodies the spirit Scott has: compassionate, caring, dedicated, thorough, experienced and humble. So many of us could disappear from elected office in Lehigh County and be replaced by somebody without being deeply missed. That’s not the case for Scott.”