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press photos by douglas graves Commissioners recognize Valerie Hildebeitel’s last day on the job as a deputy clerk after 13 years. press photos by douglas graves Commissioners recognize Valerie Hildebeitel’s last day on the job as a deputy clerk after 13 years.
Michael Stershic is appointed to the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority. Michael Stershic is appointed to the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority.

Former coroner Grim honored

Monday, April 29, 2019 by Douglas Graves Special to the Bethlehem Press in Local News

Former County Coroner Scott Grim will be remembered long after he has left office because Lehigh County Commissioners voted April 10 on a resolution to name the conference room in the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office and Forensic Center in his honor.

According to the resolution approved by the Commissioners, Grim served in the Coroner’s Office of Lehigh County for 26 years, 22 of which he was the coroner of Lehigh County. Under his leadership, the Lehigh County Coroner’s office was nationally accredited by the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners in 2005.

“Coroner Grim embodied the finest traits of a public servant: hard work, dedication, integrity, honesty and transparency,” according to the resolution naming the conference room after Grim.

“He as left is mark on forensic science in Lehigh County,” said Commissioner Amy Zanelli.

The commissioners also recognized Valerie Hildebeitel’s last day on the job as a deputy clerk for the past 13 years. She was presented flowers by President Marty Nothstein.

Commissioners also voted to amend the 2019 Lehigh County budget to provide for a new position of Supervisory Accountant at Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation.

Cedarbrook Senior Care and Rehabilitation requested that the county enter into an agreement with Phoebe Services, Inc. to provide independent prescription services for the Lehigh County owned facility.

In other business, commissioners reappointed Henry T. Lyons Jr. to the Lehigh County Authority, the water and sewer administrators for much of Lehigh County.

They also appointed Michael Stershic to the Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority.

“He is in a position to be an advocate for the Lehigh County,” said Commissioner Brad Osborne. “He is a good choice.”

Michelle Lee, a County Children and Youth caseworker pleaded with the Commissioners to “Consider adding more case workers into the budget.”

County Executive Phillips Armstrong reported that the first edition of the new 16-page Lehigh County Newsletter will be mailed to residents soon.