Here is the joint news release from York County Coroner Barry Bloss Sr. and Steve Cosey, who hopes to replace Bloss:
I want to thank the citizens of York County for supporting me, Barry Bloss, as your Coroner. After four terms and sixteen years, I will be retiring next year.
I am supporting Steve Cosey, my Assistant Chief Deputy, who is running for the office of Coroner. He has been with me from the beginning and has the much-needed investigative experience as well as death scene investigation training and medical education and experience.
Over the years my goal for the Coroner’s Office has been to reduce deaths where possible by being pro-active. I’m happy to report that one area where we met this goal is in the number of traffic fatalities. They dropped significantly (almost in half) since I took office. We attribute this to our efforts in educating the public. Our efforts have not only been in traffic safety, but numerous areas like suicide prevention, elderly falls, etc.
I would like to think I made a positive difference while serving York County and believe Steve Cosey will do the same.
Deputy Coroner Stephen Cosey has announced that he plans to campaign for election as York County Coroner on the Republican ticket in 2013. He would replace Coroner Barry Bloss, who has announced his plan to retire at the end of this term. Cosey has been a deputy under Bloss for fifteen years. For the last four years he has been the Assistant Chief Deputy Coroner. The American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators has certified him as a Registered Medicolegal Death Investigator.
Cosey has been a York County resident for more than fifty years. He is a resident of Monaghan Township. In addition to his coroner experience, he has worked for thirty-five years as a respiratory therapist and has been a volunteer firefighter and EMS provider for forty years.
If elected, he plans to continue to emphasize competent death investigations, compassion for survivors, and cooperation with all involved agencies. He will work to achieve accreditation for the coroner’s office and certification for his deputies. To help prevent deaths he will follow Bloss’ example and work with organizations that are seeking to prevent unnecessary deaths.
Coroner Bloss has endorsed Cosey for the position, citing his extensive experience and training, noting that he has completed all the training required for a newly elected coroner.