There is still plenty of reason for optimism that the Kentucky Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Madisonville can remain open, as another candidate has stepped up and applied to be the Chief Examiner.
Coroners from across the Commonwealth have had to travel to Louisville to have autopsies performed since the retirement of the previous examiner and that gets very expensive for counties in western Kentucky.
Lawmakers have joined coroners in calling for that office to remain open after the state indicated it had intentions of closing the center. Todd County Coroner Bob Whittlesey says the candidate previously reported on that interviewed for the job withdrew his application.
Whittlesey says it would still be several months before the unnamed candidate could be in Madisonville and working, when and if he is hired.
Interviewed earlier in the week, State Senator Joey Pendleton says he fully expects the Madisonville center to remain open.