Simmons resigning from coroner post

JOHNSTOWN – Fulton County Coroner Art Simmons is resigning from his position, mainly because he was recently elected to a Republican councilman position in the town of Northampton.

Simmons submitted a letter Thursday to county Administrative Officer Jon Stead. In it, the coroner said he was resigning effective Dec. 31, after 16 years as one of the county’s two coroners, in part because he cannot under state law hold two elected positions at the same time. He also stated there were “several reasons” why he was relinquishing the position, without providing details.

Simmons’ resignation was noted during the Board of Supervisors’ meeting Monday. Stead noted the resignation leaves Margaret Luck as the county’s sole coroner.