Lehigh County to swear-in new executive Tuesday

Posted: 4:59 PM EDT Aug 30, 2012   Updated: 6:29 PM EDT Aug 26, 2012
New Lehigh Co. exec William Hansell

Lehigh County gets a new executive this week -- a self-described "liberal Democrat" who may clash with the county's conservative commissioners.

Bill Hansell will be sworn in Tuesday.

The local government veteran is coming out of retirement to finish the rest of Don Cunningham's term, which ends next December.

Cunningham left to take over the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation.

Hansell supported Lehigh County's unpopular 16% tax hike in 2011, but has said this year's budget will not include an increase.