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Joyce retires as Niagara coroner

LOCKPORT – Cindy-Lou Joyce, who has been a Niagara County coroner for Niagara Falls since 2008, handed in her notice of retirement last week, Chairman W. Keith McNall announced at Tuesday’s meeting of the County Legislature.

Joyce, a Democrat who succeeded her husband, James Joyce, as coroner, will step down as of Jan. 31.

This was to have been the last year of her second four-year term. The Legislature will appoint a successor, who will be able to run for the post this November as an incumbent.

Legislature Vice Chairman Clyde L. Burmaster, R-Ransomville, will chair the search committee, which he said will begin its work “as soon as possible.” Other members are Legislators David E. Godfrey, R-Wilson, and Jason A. Zona, D-Niagara Falls, along with two of the county’s three other coroners, Joseph V. Mantione, R-North Tonawanda, and Kenneth V. Lederhouse, R-Lockport. They and the other coroner, Michael Ross, R-Lockport, will have to cover Joyce’s calls until a replacement is named.

Coroners do not have to live in the district from which they are elected. Joyce lives in Wheatfield, but her district, District 1, includes only the City of Niagara Falls.