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Few violent deaths can hit deputy pay

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

TELL CITY - The fact that "we don't have that many suicides or homicides" is creating problems for his two deputies, Perry County Coroner Darrell Riley told the county commissioners at their May 4 regular meeting.

County attorney Chris Goffinet explained the deputies underwent training and passed a test in Indianapolis, but are also required to pass a field test for certification.

It's not fair for the part-time deputies to lose time from their regular jobs performing what could be lengthy investigations to determine the cause of death in suspected murder or suicide deaths, Riley said.

Failure to perform field tests could mean a cut in each of the deputies' $1,000 annual pay, Goffinet said, unless the commissioners would submit a letter asserting that doing so would be unjust. They voted to provide such a letter.

In other business, they approved the distribution of $638 in interest from a congressional school fund to the county's three school systems. The fund's balance was $33,027 a year ago, County Auditor Connie Berger reported. The county council adopted an ordinance transferring the fund to the state, making it responsible for further interest distributions.