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Northampton County exec picks three for cabinet

New sheriff, directors of administration and fiscal affairs named

EASTON, Pa. -  Three men have been named to fill top cabinet positions in the administration of Northampton County Executive John Brown.

They are Luis Campos as director of administration, James Hunter as director of fiscal affairs and David Dalrymple as sheriff.

Brown, who announced the appointments in a news release Thursday, called the three men "distinguished professionals."

Their names will be presented to Northampton County Council for approval later this month.

"Over the past months, we've conducted an in-depth search process to fill these critical positions," said Brown. "I wanted to ensure we had the best candidates for the positions and we now have them."

The announcement ends an attempt by former county Sheriff Randall Miller to get his job back. After being fired by Brown, Miller sued to get it back. When that proved unsuccessful, he re-applied for the position.

According to the news release, Campos is a well-known management professional and community leader, serving as the chair of the Lehigh Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber and the Workforce Investment Board.

"With deep experience in both the public and private sectors, Luis will provide the county with strong organizational management skills and the ability to coordinate and communicate effectively with all departments and the legislative bodies," said Brown in the release.

Campos is a graduate of both Muhlenberg College and Lehigh University and holds a Masters in Political Science. He worked in the governor's office of administration and the governor's budget office during the Rendell administration, and has held executive roles in the real estate development and business services industries.

"Luis' ability to lead is clearly evident and his capacity to manage a multitude of different responsibilities will be a strong asset to Northampton County," said Brown.

"Throughout his career, he has enthusiastically participated in community initiatives and accepted responsibilities in several important organizations including the LVEDC and the Governor's Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs."

Hunter is a banking professional with more than 30 years of experience in fiscal management, loan underwriting, budgeting and personnel management.

With a career that spans regional and community banking, he served as a vice president and regional manager at Bank of America, and most recently as vice president and commercial lender for Merchants Bank of Bangor.

His community involvement includes volunteer leadership roles in the Slate Belt YMCA, Slate Belt Chamber of Commerce and Northampton County's Revolving Loan Fund board.

"Jim has outstanding financial management and leadership skills," said Brown. "He understands the many dimensions of fiscal policy, capital resources and debt management that make up the environment a government of Northampton County's size must navigate."

Dalrymple recently retired from the New Jersey State Police as a major. A highly accomplished detective, his last posting was as commanding officer of the intelligence section, directing the efforts of more than 200 detectives, analysts and support staff.

His 25-year career in the state police includes serving in the major crime unit and the missing persons and child exploitation units, as well as chief of the official corruption bureau.

In 2007, Dalrymple was named Trooper of the Year.

"I am thoroughly pleased to have a law enforcement professional of this caliber lead our sheriff's department," said Brown. "The citizens of Northampton County can be confident and secure in David's leadership."

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