ST. CLAIR COUNTY -- Joe Sweatt is the new deputy coroner for St. Clair County. He was sworn in Wednesday by St. Clair County Probate Judge Mike Bowling.
Former Deputy Coroner Jeremiah Gilreath resigned recently from being a full-time deputy coroner.
Gilreath said it has been an honor to serve the residents of St. Clair County for the past nine years.
“I have had the privilege of meeting some of the finest people from all around our county,” Gilreath said. “I can't leave out the great men and women of the different law enforcement agencies and the paid and volunteer fire departments across the county and their willingness to assist us at the Coroner’s Office.
“Leaving the full-time position as deputy coroner was not an easy choice, but (it was) necessary. I am going to focus my full attention on my growing family and our family business, Gilreath Printing and Signs, as we are entering in our 25th year in business.
“I will still be available should the need arise, and I will assist the Coroner’s Office with day-to-day activities. Thank you to all whom I have learned so much from. This has truly been a wonderful experience for me and one that I will continue to grow from.”
St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell said he is fortunate to have Sweatt due to all of his experience as an investigator with St. Clair County.
“He has all the connections with the federal and state agencies,” Russell said. “We’re very fortunate and proud to have him.”
Russell has been coroner the past 20 years and will start his sixth term in November.
Sweatt said it is an honor to come out of retirement and serve the county in this capacity.
“I missed serving our county,” he said.
He served a total of 27 years with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office and was an investigator for 24 of them.
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