LEWISTOWN - Mifflin County Coroner Daniel P. Lynch will seek another term in the upcoming election, according to a press release issued Sunday by the candidate.
Lynch served as deputy coroner and chief deputy coroner before being elected as county coroner in 1996. According to the release, Lynch has overseen jurisdiction in more than 3,000 deaths.
Lynch is a Mifflin County native and graduate of Lewistown Area High School and Williamsport Area Community College. He is certified by the Attorney General's Coroner's Education Board as a death investigator. He is also certified in child death investigation, as well as homicide and deaths involving the elderly. Lynch has been active in education the community of the need for organ and tissue donation and has been recognized by the Gift of Life donor program for being the most active coroner in Pennsylvania supporting the donor program, according to the release. He is also a certified eye enucleator, the release states.
According to the release, Lynch has received extensive training in death notification, bereavement counseling, forensic etymology, anatomy, physiology, psychology and mass disaster preparedness. He is one of less than 1,500 Medicolegal Death Investigators to be awarded Diplomat status by the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators. Lynch is a member of the International Association of Coroners and Medical Examiners, a member of the Pennsylvania Coroner's Association, and he chairs the new coroner's orientation committee. Lynch holds certifications from Wayne State University, Saint Louis University, Penn State University, New Mexico School of Medicine and the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, according to the release.
Lynch has worked with students from the Mifflin-Juniata Career and Technology Center and the Boy Scouts to preserve and make improvements to Potter's Field, the County cemetery. He does this to ensure it can be used for generations to come at no cost to the taxpayers, the release states.
Lynch says has operated a professional and efficient office since being elected coroner and has consistently managed the Coroner's office within budget. The budget for the Coroner's Office is less than 1 percent of the total county budget, the release indicates. Lynch has managed Act 22 money that is received in the Coroner's office and was able to purchase a vehicle for use by the office without spending $1 of tax money, the release indicates.
Lynch lives in Lewistown with his wife, Linda and their two daughters.