Clark County Judge Executive And Local Coroner Seeking Funding For New Morgue

Jun 7, 2012

WINCHESTER, Ky. -- A central Kentucky coroner has taken his quest for a new morgue to city officials, asking for about $75,000 in funding toward the $180,000 project.

Clark County Deputy Coroner Neal Oliver and Judge-Executive Henry Branham approached Winchester city officials Tuesday about making the contribution over a two- or three-year period.

The Winchester Sun reported that the coroner's office has been using a building near the old Clark Regional Medical Center since April as a morgue.

Coroner Robert Gayheart told city officials that 87 percent of the death investigations handled by the office happen within the city limits.

Mayor Ed Burtner said the city cannot commit money two or three years into the future, but would make a "good faith commitment" if it decides to take part in the project.