We have an interesting situation brewing in the race for Jefferson County Coroner this year. While most don't really think about this race on a high scale level, as say the Mayoral one, this will be an interesting Democratic primary this year.
The two candidates are Ray Patterson and Barbara Weakley-Jones and quite honestly I already have reservations.
Ray Patterson is a Navy Vet, Deputy Coroner, and 25 yr police investigator retiree.
Barbara Weakley-Jones was appointed by Abramson in 2009, to fulfill the unexpired term of Coroner so naturally this raises red flags in my eyes, and is running to win the election in her own right.
Seems simple enough right?
Unfortunately it never is that simple with Abramson appointees and that is a serious problem when I look at this race.
Barbara Weakley-Jones, as our appointed coroner, has stated that the medical examiner’s office was short handed and she was being paid as contract labor to perform autopsies. This is clearly an ethics situation in my opinion.
The coroner's office is strictly administrative. The coroner in attempting to determine the cause of death, may order an autopsy, hold an inquest, and, when investigating a coroner’s case, request the assistance of the district medical examiner and the Division of Kentucky State Medical Examiners Office (KRS 72.410).
So as Coroner how many cases has Ms. Weakley-Jones sent to herself to do an autopsy thus padding her own pockets? Conflict of interest anyone? This is a major red flag as to how this office will be run if she gets elected on her own merit and sadly just another example of insider deals we continue to find in every branch of government.
According to sources she also stated Jerry was aware of the problem and was ok with her doing this. Double dipping with Abramson approval. Is this anything new either?
From what I am being told Ms. Weakley-Jones is doing autopsies on the clock. This is blatant double dipping.
Just one more example of our tax dollars being streamlined to line insider pockets with Mayoral approval. How is it that we continue to allow Jerry’s friends to be above the law? Appointments are made with Council approval and generally along party lines so where are they on this issue?
Believe it or not this race is just as important as any other we vote in and this is one more example of why we need insider deal makers out of Government.
It is time to root out corruption at every level and in my opinion double dipping and force feeding yourself business at the expense of all of us is as corrupt as it gets. As you can see the corruption hits every level and it is time to end it at all levels.
In this election we have a choice to end the hypocrisies, lies, and deception of elected AND appointed leaders. Get involved.
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