OXFORD – Lafayette County voters on Tuesday will choose one of three men to be coroner for a year.
The election came about when the former officeholder, Lonnie Weaver, resigned a year ago in connection to a guilty plea on a charge of embezzlement.
The $5,000 in question belonged to the Mississippi Coroners Association, of which Weaver, who had been Lafayette County Coroner for 20 years, had been president.
The incumbent is Rocky Kennedy, a former deputy coroner who was appointed Nov. 1, 2009, as the interim coroner by the Lafayette County Board of Supervisors to serve through the upcoming election.
He holds several certifications both as coroner and as a funeral director and grief counselor. He says that in a year in the office he has brought a dysfunctional records system up to date.
Richard Shivers is also a candidate. Owner of Shivers Towing, he is a volunteer firefighter and an emergency medical technician. He had considered the office before but did not wish to run against Weaver while he was the incumbent.
Weaver, however, also is running for his former office. His criminal record was expunged after he repaid the funds and completed less than a year’s probation.
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