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Sep 28, 2012 12:39 PM

New Coroner Named In Pulaski County

SOMERSET, Ky. (AP) - A new coroner has taken office in Pulaski County.

The Commonwealth-Journal reports Charles "Chuck" E. Godbey was sworn in on Thursday by Pulaski County Judge-Executive Barty Bullock.

Godbey will serve the remaining term of former Coroner Richard New, who stepped down from the post Wednesday after pleading guilty to theft charges stemming for his employment at a funeral home. The term ends on Dec. 31, 2014.

Bullock said he wanted someone "completely neutral" in the position and approached Godbey, who accepted.

"I didn't want anybody who had to do with any funeral home or the coroner's office or with any law enforcement," said Bullock.

Godbey retired in 2010 after more than 30 years with the Somerset-Pulaski County EMS Department.

"Quite frankly, I kind of missed the public service," Godbey said. "I feel better doing something with the people."

He will go through training, and says he'll have to learn to look at things with a different perspective.

"It's going to be different and it's kind of exciting," Godbey said. "I'm really looking forward to at least getting my feet wet in it."

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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