This week The Record is featuring questionnaire responses from candidates in the Coroner’s race.
Ted Coffey of Whitley City is running for the Democrat nomination. In addition to having held the office before, Coffey has served as Magistrate, EMT, tourism commissioner, and is currently on the McCreary County Heritage Foundation Board. Coffey has 28 years of medical experience, including an assoicate degree in respiratory therapy and as a certified nursing assistant. He has 186 hours in criminal justice training.
Tammy Soard Helton of Pine Knot is also seeking the Democrat nomination. Helton worked eight years in a nursing home and got her nursing degree in 1993. Currently pursuing her Bachelors degree, she has taken numerous criminal justice classes and also has an EMT-B license.
Tim Corder of Stearns is seeking the Republican nomination. Having worked with the McCreary County Funeral Home since 2007, Corder received his Funeral Directors License in 2010. He has chaired the McCreary County Republican Party since 2007 as well as served on the McCreary County Fair Board, McCreary County Election Board (2008-2013) and Adanta Board of Directors.
Responses are published in order of receipt.
The Coroner’s office operates on a tight budget. How do you plan to perform the duties of Coroner with limited resources in terms of deputies, equipment, transportation?
COFFEY: Kentucky state law mandates the funding for the Coroner's salary and the salary of one deputy Coroner. There are necessities and luxuries in running all public safety offices. My focus will be on the necessities, which are transportation and communication. I plan to utilize the help of volunteer deputies, when necessary. My office will make most transports for autopsies, using the coroner's vehicle, saving money that would otherwise be paid for alternate means of transportation.
HELTON: I understand the Coroner’s office operates on a tight budget. I would hope to bring new ideas to the offic, while also ensuring my quality of work was not insufficient. My deputy coroner would hold to the same standard of work.
CORDER: As with any job you have to operate with in the budget you are given. It is not wise to spend what you don’t have. When elected it would be my duty to make sure that the money allotted to the Coroner’s office be used in the most efficient way to make the office operate at its best with what you have to work. It is my promise to be a good steward of the monies and responsibilities provided to me by this position.