Carbon County Sheriff Dwight Nothstein has announced that he will seek his fifth term as the county sheriff. Nothstein is currently beginning his 16th year as sheriff.
Prior to being elected, he served nine years as a deputy sheriff and three years at the old prison on Broadway in Jim Thorpe, under the direction of Sheriff Peter P. Hoherchak. Nothstein was the cook, guard, and dispatcher at the old prison.
Born and raised in Lehighton, he was a 1969 graduate of the Lehighton Area School District and a graduate of the first full class of the Carbon County Vo Technical School, where he graduated top of his class in food preparation.
Nothstein went on to the U.S. Navy, where he served as a steward during the Vietnam era. He was assigned to Gitmo, Cuba for a year as a VIP steward. He then requested to go to Vietnam, but he was told he would better serve on aircraft carrier, USS Intrepid, the Fighting "I". He was given a letter of commendation for outstanding performance of duty during NATO exercises in the North Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Norway.
Nothstein attended Deputy Sheriff's training at Dickenson Law School in Carlisle in 1989. After being named the sheriff, he attended Sheriff's Training Academy in Longmont, Colorado. He has continued taking updated courses and has been trained in many areas of the Sheriff's office.
Nothstein is an Eagle Scout and founder of Troop 145 and also has two Eagle Scout sons. He has 50 years of Scouting experience and has turned out several Eagle Scouts. He is still a merit badge counselor for Minsi Trails of Lehigh Valley.
He served in the Lehighton Fire Department for over 33 years and rose from firefighter to assistant fire chief. He received a letter or commendation at a fire for trying to save a life. He also served on the Lehighton Ambulance Corp for 12 years; has served many years with Carbon County Emergency Management Agency; and was a Pennsylvania White Water Rescue instructor for the Pennsylvania Fish Commission.
In addition to serving in emergency services, Nothstein is a member of the National Sheriffs Association, Pennsylvania Sheriffs Association, Deputy Sheriffs Association, Lehighton American Legion Post 314, Beaver Rod and Gun Club, Boy Scout Troop 145, and serves as president of the Carbon County Prison Board. He is also a life member of Lehigh Fire Company No. 1, Bowmanstown Volunteer Fire Company, and Four County Fireman's Association.
Nothstein also served as a DARE officer in the Jim Thorpe Area School District.
Nothstein is the son of Helen (Smith) Nothstein and the late Sherwood Nothstein. He is married to Orpha (Koch), daughter of Phyllis (Kunkle) Koch and the late Albert Koch. He and his wife of 34 years have two sons, Christopher D. Nothstein, who is employed at Blue Ridge Cable; and Officer Douglas Nothstein of the Bethlehem Police Department.