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Autopsies, Drugs & Money

September 25th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Ron Holmes, Jefferson County’s Democratic Coroner and well-known author, has lost his marbles. He’s innocent until proven guilty, of course, but there’s no way we can ignore this circus.

Holmes is under investigation for pulling a Steve Henry. Current and former deputies accuse him of using office funds for himself. More specifically, the Coroner’s office raises money for a program that buys grave markers for indigents and Holmes has allegedly spent it on God knows what.

He’s also accused of illegally seizing prescription medications from investigation scenes, requiring they be given directly to him. Holmes told WHAS11 News it’s bunk and then those accusing him produced photos of the medications inside his desk and other personal areas.

And like Steve Henry he’s (allegedly) illegally pushed for campaign contributions– demanding that his deputies donate or face losing their jobs. One of those deputies, Mark Handy, confirmed for WHAS11 that Holmes made the threats while asking for funds.

Just days later– after speaking to the media– Mark Handy was fired. Handy says it was in retaliation for speaking out and it’s difficult to believe anything else. Especially with Holmes refusing to provide justification for the termination, only saying Handy was canned for “several other reasons.” Hoo boy.

Get ready, boys and girls. The circus has just begun.

Tags: Campaign Finance · Corruption · Ron Holmes · Wasted Money

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Yellow Dog // Sep 26, 2007 at 11:07 am

    Way past time Kentucky got rid of the ridiculous elected office of county coroner and just appointed qualified medical examiners – locally for metro counties and regionally for rural areas.

  • 2 Jeff Noble // Sep 26, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    I do not comment here upon the latest allegations in the Coroner’s Office. I do want to say that the program this coroner has instituted for the indigent providing funerals and markers, is one of the most ennobling actions any office holder has ever made, seeing to it that the least among us are afforded a proper and dignified end to their life here on earth. I have made this comment to the coroner, who I do not know personally, and hope that whatever the outcome of the current situation, this program is continued into the future.

  • 3 Jake // Sep 26, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    Right on, Jeff. It’s a program the rest of the country could learn a lot from.

    That is– if money is spent properly.