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STAFF PHOTO/LOHR McKINSTRY Francis Whitelaw of Bloomingdale (right) was sworn in as a new Essex County coroner Tuesday by Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Deborah Palmer. Whitelaw, who was confirmed by unanimous vote of the board, replaces Robert Huestis, who died earlier this year. Lewis Supervisor David Blades holds the Bible. Whitelaw joins three other coroners who cover different geographic regions of the county.