Fayette County is looking for a new Coroner. In a letter sent yesterday to the media, and also addressed to Fayette County Board Chairman Jeff Beckman, Fayette County Coroner Bruce Bowen says he plans to retired as Coroner and his last day will be December 31st, 2017. Bowen has been Coroner since December of 2000 and was just re-elected for a new term one year ago. Bowen says in the letter that he would like to thank everyone that has supported him over the past 17 years. And, he also says he is committed to training a new person. Bowen also recommends a person be appointed immediately as they will have a “mountain to climb and two months to accomplish it.”
Meanwhile, Bowen gives his reason for leaving—–
From Bowen’s retirement letter (part in italics is are Bowen’s exact words for leaving):
My Reason for Leaving:
My budget for 2018 was prepared by an outside company with no input from me. All the other department heads were scheduled for a budget meeting and allowed input on their budget, I was not. I didn’t realize my budget was prepared by an outside source until it was on public display. I only received a copy after asking for it. I consider this maneuver disrespectful to me. It will be impossible to operate the coroner’s office within this budget. I will be no part of the failure it will be. I have been fiscally responsible for all my 17 years, including acquiring many grants to relieve the tax burden on the citizens of Fayette County. Board member Wilhour told me more than one time “I could easily be replaced” So I will move aside and let it happen.
I leave no hard feelings to anyone. Just disappointment.