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Bethlehem police officer announces run for district judge

Published On: Feb 15 2013 10:54:00 AM EST

A Bethlehem police officer is making a run for Magisterial District Judge.

Scott McEllroy, a lifelong Upper Saucon Township resident, is seeking the magistrate's seat serving Upper Saucon Township, Coopersburg and Lower Milford Township.

In a news release issued today, McEllroy said he has "strong community ties with this area and believes in preserving the quality of life we share as residents of these fine townships and the borough of Coopersburg."


McEllroy attended the Southern Lehigh School District and graduated in the class of 1979. After graduation, he entered the United States Air Force Reserves in 1980, with an honorable discharge as a Staff Sgt. in 1986. McEllroy and his wife, the former Michele Bittner, also a longtime resident, raised their family here. All three of their children attended Southern Lehigh School District.

During his 19 years with the Bethlhem Police Department, McEllroy says he has prosecuted summary and criminal cases. He has received six letters of commendation for outstanding service and is currently in the department’s Special Services Unit assigned to the Highway Patrol Unit as a Motor Officer.

McEllroy is the department’s certified Police Motorcycle Instructor. McEllroy previously worked for the Lehigh County Sheriff's Department for five years, participating in many criminal and civil trials, as well as investigating fugitives of Lehigh County and bringing them to court.

“After a career of assisting citizens and helping to keep the community I serve safe, I feel this is the next step in my life to now help preserve the community in which we live and enjoy," he said.

McEllroy is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Sheriffs Academy in 1988 and the Allentown Police Academy in 1994.

For 10 years, he was a volunteer with the Upper Saucon Ambulance Corps, holding office of Second Lieutenant. Also, for 27 years, he was a volunteer with the Upper Saucon Volunteer Fire Department # 27. He started as a junior fireman then transferred to fire police where he held the position of Fire Police Lieutenant before retiring.

As is permitted for candidates for judicial office, McEllroy will cross-file to appear on both the Democratic and Republican tickets for the May 21 primary election.