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Controversy Surrounding Bureau County Coroner

Posted by wlpo on February 15, 2012

Despite a family’s claim, the Bureau County Board says County Coroner Janice Wamhoff deserves to keep her job.

According to the NewsTribune, the family of Leslie Holmes and their lawyer pleaded to the board Tuesday to remove Wamhoff from office because she should’ve excused herself from handling their daughter’s death case because she was dating Wamhoff’s son.  They also complained about the amount of time that passed before Wamhoff told them about their daughter’s death.

Law Committee Chairman Bob McCook said Wamhoff acted properly and their decision was unanimous to not take any action.  State’s Attorney Pat Herrmann also said the board doesn’t have legal authority to take any action.

When the voice vote was made, a few board members did oppose not taking action against Wamhoff.

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