REYNOLDSVILLE — Thursday night’s annual Republican party dinner turned into a party for retiring Jefferson County Coroner Bernard Snyder.
“After five election cycles, this gentleman has served the county as coroner for 20 years and he has always been a great representative of Jefferson County,” said Jefferson County Republican Chairman Steve Hoak. He presented Snyder with a clock for “all of time he gave to the party.”
Mark Adams presented Snyder with a citation from the Pennsylvania Senate on behalf of Sen. Joe Scarnati.
Rep. Cris Dush presented Snyder with a letter of appreciation from the House of Representatives. Dush, speaking as “someone who has spent a life time as first responder” told Snyder he has been “a great blessing to the entire county.”
Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett said seeing Bernie Snyder at the dinner took him back 20 years to the fall of 1997 when he and Snyder hit the campaign trail together. “We were stumping together. What an honor it has been to serve alongside him,” he said.
“I would like to extend a big thank-you to Bernard Snyder for his years of service. He has set the example of professionalism and a pristine reputation to follow. I am very honored to follow his path,” said Brenda Shumaker Republican candidate for coroner.
“My wife told me I have to make this short, but I don’t always listen to her,” said Snyder.
“I want you to know how humble and grateful I am to have been able to serve this county for 20 years,” said Snyder. “The last three years have not been good health-wise for me so I decided not to run again.
“I have some very good deputies who do the field work for me and I do the paper work,” he said.
“You are super people,” said Snyder. “You have supported me through everything. “From the first time I ran to the last time and I don’t know how to thank you.
“When I was sick, I had so many prayers and cards,” he said. “I just can’t thank you enough,” said an emotional Snyder.
“I have a deputy now who is running for coroner and I would appreciate it if you would give her the same support and help you gave to me,” he said. “Thank you very much.”
The audience gave Snyder a standing ovation at the conclusion of his remarks.