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UPDATE: Brunswick County Coroner reacts to bill seeking to abolish the office

Sen. Bill Rabon has filed a bill to abolish the Brunswick County Coroner's Office (Source: www.ncleg.net) Sen. Bill Rabon has filed a bill to abolish the Brunswick County Coroner's Office (Source: www.ncleg.net)
RALEIGH, NC (WECT) -

Brunswick County Coroner Greg White says he and apparently most leaders in Brunswick County had no knowledge Sen. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick) planned to introduce a bill to abolish the Coroner's Office when the current term ends next year.

Sen. Rabon (R-Brunswick) is the primary sponsor of SB 215, which was filed as a local bill in the state senate on Tuesday according to the General Assembly website. A spokesman for the State Board of Elections says Brunswick is one of just nine counties in North Carolina where coroners are elected. The others are Bladen, Caswell, Cleveland, Columbus, Graham, Hoke, Wilkes and Yadkin counties.


White, who has served as Brunswick County Coroner since being appointed in December 1985, said he was not aware of the bill at the time it was filed. On Wednesday, he spoke on the bill after hearing that few leaders knew about it.

“My position is a county position, elected by the people of Brunswick County,” White said. “What I have learned is that Mr. Rabon did not have any conversation with county officials, the county manager or the county attorney. County officials had no say, had no input into this matter, which I think is disrespectful to them.”

White says the coroner's office is paid $50.00 per call, which is the same rate it was when he was first appointed. He says he personally has never turned any time in to be paid.

Attempts to get a comment from Sen. Rabon on Tuesday and Wednesday have proven unsuccessful. The staff at his legislative office in Raleigh said Sen. Rabon was out of the country and "unreachable". They would not specify the reason for the trip or when Sen. Rabon would return.

A letter sent to Sen. Rabon by one Brunswick County Commissioner said among the ten county leaders and commissioners contacted, none had any idea about the bill or that it was filed. It also asked that the bill be withdrawn.

The bill also came as "a total surprise" to Rep. Frank Iler, who represents Brunswick County in the state House. "If there is a good point, then I will listen," Rep. Iler said after glancing at the bill. "But at this point, there is no reason for me to support it."

To see SB 215, click here: http://bit.ly/1Bobh0w

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