Lafayette coroner resigns

OXFORD – Lonnie Weaver resigned Monday as coroner of Lafayette County, effective Oct. 31, after some 20 years in the office. County supervisors voted to accept applications through Oct. 16 for an interim coroner to serve until a special election in Nov. 2010.
Weaver had been president of the Mississippi Coroners and Medical Examiners Association for three years when he resigned in May. The group had alleged after its own investigation that Weaver had misappropriated $5,000 during his tenure as president.
Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant, who succeeded Weaver as president of the organization, said MCMEA submitted its information to the Attorney General’s Office for an official investigation. AG Spokesman Jan Schaefer said the office’s policy is neither to confirm nor deny any investigation.
In July, Weaver also resigned from his position as a sergeant with the Oxford Police Department.
“What the board is going to request from the candidates is that they keep the two deputy coroners and that they sign a statement that they will not run in the special election to fill the position in 2010,” said Board of Supervisors President Lloyd Oliphant.
Merchant said he regrets Weaver’s troubles.
“Lonnie is a dear friend of mine, and we certainly hate to see him resign his position as coroner,” he said. “We will miss him as a coroner and a member of the Coroners Association. He had a lot of good years for Lafayette County and was a good ambassador for Lafayette County.”

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