The county coroner election should have everyone’s attention. For the first time since 1994, we have two candidates on the ballot. We have a choice to wrest control of this county job from the family and employees of a Salida funeral home who have controlled the office since 1982.
Four reasons to support Dave Slavish:
1. Our current coroner is a full-time funeral director and part-time coroner. Slavish will be a full-time coroner. Public service will be his first priority, and he will investigate every county death.
2. The coroner is in succession for sheriff after the undersheriff. Slavish served in the Illinois State Police and the Division of Criminal Investigation.
3. The county-owned coolers are located at the funeral home. (Conflict of interest?) If elected, Slavish has the support of the county commissioners to re-locate them.
4. Slavish will eliminate the chief deputy coroner position saving the county $20,000 and full-time benefits annually. Including benefits, that’s nearly a $100,000 savings to the county over his four-year term.
The reasons to support Dave Slavish are clear. Chaffee County has grown since 1982. It’s time we separate the coroner’s office from the “good ole boy” network and have a full-time, public servant in the office.
J. David Holt