And he said more frequent and open communications with commissioners would be the most important feature he would try to bring to the job.

During that interview, Hansell said he has devoted his entire professional life to local government and institutions of local democracy. He said he was enjoying a very pleasant retirement, but would be honored to serve the people of Lehigh County one final time.

When commissioners asked his biggest concern about becoming executive, Hansell said: “I’m old.” He said his health is OK, adding he has conditions, not diseases. He said he did not think he could serve a full four-year term as an elected county executive, but “I think can do 16 months. I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think that.”