Hermon man announces run for St. Lawrence County coroner
HERMON -- A Hermon man who plans to run for St. Lawrence County coroner says he “strongly believe in service before self and always strives to do what is right.”
Christopher Velez announced his candidacy for the position of coroner on June 8 through a Letter to the Editor of North Country Now.The letter is as follows:
“With Election Day approaching, local elections have the biggest impact on our day-to-day lives. I am well aware of this having served as a police detective, emergency medical technician and firefighter for over twenty years.
“Since retiring as a detective I have remained active as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician.
“I have a sincere interest in continuing my public service as a coroner. A great deal of trust is given to anyone who provides service to the public that the funds provided will be used wisely and the office will run efficiently.
“A coroner is expected to be available when needed and should remain in their area of service whenever possible so that they can be available to perform their duties should the need arise.
“Knowing this, I am writing this letter to announce that I, Christopher Velez, am running for the position of St. Lawrence County coroner.
“I have been a public servant my whole life starting as an emergency medical technician and volunteer firefighter when I was eighteen years old. I am still very active with my local fire and rescue squad responding to calls at all hours of the day and night.
“As an emergency medical technician, police officer and detective I have experience in identifying and conducting investigating death investigations. Most importantly, I understand people and know it is the duty of a coroner to be able to help them through times of grief and sorrow.
“I will take this responsibility to heart, and have a plan to accomplish my goals and perform my duties if I am elected coroner.”