Lehigh County commissioners have appointed Dennis Nemes to serve on the county board of elections.
Nemes, a former principal at Northwestern Lehigh High School, was later principal at Allentown Central Catholic High School.
He replaces Gail Coffin on the election board.
Commissioner Percy Dougherty was back in his seat after a hospital stay resulting from a fall at his home.
He had missed at least two meetings due to his accident and subsequent recovery time.
Commissioners conducted routine business Dec. 12, approving the appointment of Kyle A. Russell to the position of warden of the county jail. Last week the board signaled approval of the appointment by voting for Russell’s appointment in a preliminary or first hearing vote.
Sarah Andrew was reappointed to the Aging and Adult Services Advisory Council while Patrick Palmer was appointed to the council. The votes were unanimous except for Commissioner Percy Dougherty, who was absent.
Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin announced Jan. 3 he will run for re-election to the Office of District Attorney of Lehigh County in 2019.
He will seek the nomination of the Republican Party at the primary election in May.
Martin has been District Attorney of Lehigh County since January 1998 when he was appointed by the Lehigh County Commissioners to succeed Judge Robert L. Steinberg. He was elected to four-year terms in 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 and is the longest serving district attorney in county history.
Joe Hanna has announced his bid for re-election for Sheriff of Lehigh County.
He will seek the nomination of the Republican Party in May.
Hanna was elected to office in 2015 after a 34 year career with the Allentown Police, retiring as Chief of Police, and as a former Lehigh County Detective.
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Emmaus recently celebrated “Weihnachtszeit,” a Christmas worship service in which the hymns, lessons and liturgy are presented in German.
Attended this year by over 150 participants, the service attracts native German speakers, people of Pennsylvania German origin and those interested in a variation of the traditional worship service from throughout the Lehigh Valley.
The operations committee of the Salisbury Township School District school board heard a presentation by D’Huy Engineering, Inc. at its Jan. 7 meeting.
The capital plan is a districtwide plan identifying facility infrastructure and system repairs required for upkeep, establishes priorities, reflects current conditions and acts as a working document for the district.
D’Huy said the first capital improvement plan was created in 2007 and has been updated yearly until 2011.
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.”
At their first meeting of 2019, Salisbury Township commissioners approved appointments and reappointments to township boards.
In separate unanimous 5-0 votes at the Jan. 10 meeting, commissioners approved:
•James “Jimmy” Brown, township planning commission, reappointed to a four-year term representing the Fifth Ward, nominated by Commissioner Joanne Ackerman and seconded by board of commissioners President Robert Martucci Jr.