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Henry County coroner backs David Wilhoite

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By The Staff

Editor:

I, Jimmy Pollard, coroner of Henry County, would like to take this opportunity to address the election of the coroner of Carroll County. During the illness of Jimmy Dunn, long-time Coroner of Carroll County, I have had the privilege of working with David Wilhoite covering Coroner’s calls in Carroll County.

Therefore, because of my experience with him in the capacity as coroner, I feel I have an obligation to the people of Carroll County to endorse David Wilhoite for your coroner. I have known David for a considerable time and have always found him to be compassionate, professional and knowledgeable when dealing with the untimely death of a loved one. I personally assisted in the training that certified David as a death investigator and know that he is a competent, capable person. He is very dedicated to the Coroner’s Office and to the people of Carroll County.

It has been brought to my attention that there could be a conflict of interest should a funeral director be elected coroner. Across the state, between 85 and 90 percent of Coroners are also funeral directors. For many years, Jimmy Dunn, who was a funeral home operator, served as Coroner of Carroll County. This, in fact, allowed the taxpayers of Carroll County a tremendous savings in expenses. The county Fiscal Court did not have to provide costly equipment and services, such as vehicles, phone service, office personnel, dispatching and 24/7 availability.

I would ask the voters of Carroll County to join me in supporting and retaining David Wilhoite as the coroner of Carroll County.

Jimmy Pollard

Henry County Coroner