We, the Northumberland County Funeral Directors, feel we need to speak out in support for Mr. Jim Kelley.
After the devastating pay cuts and additional charges for health insurance, the extra "jab" to call the coroner position "part-time" is appalling. We, as funeral directors, understand our duties to be on call for families that select our services; however, as coroner, one does not have a choice as to be on call. The coroner position is a 24/7/365 position.
Unfortunately, death does not allow for part time work. The realities of the coroner position are not glamorous. Generally on all occasions, you aren't relaying good news as coroner. Mr. Kelley has certainly made the best of his time in office however; he hosts plenty of events and assemblies to educate everyone on the risks of drinking and driving, texting and driving and drug awareness. Mr. Kelley also initiated a Safe Haven program for infants.
We feel the need to write this letter to express our utmost respect and support for Mr. Kelley. Jim has and will continue to serve the taxpayers of our great county.
The recent articles and shots taken at the Kelley family are ridiculous. Feuding neighbors will always feud and the election shouldn't be an excuse.
We ask that you please consider the facts when voting this year. Mr. Kelley and his staff have never missed a call and have always called for professionalism, class, respect and of course thorough investigation. There is always coverage never any excuses or dirty laundry aired.
We ask everyone who appreciates family, respect, class and professionalism to please vote for Jim Kelley this November. We firmly back Mr. Kelley in his efforts to be re-elected as Northumberland County Coroner.
The Funeral Directors of Northumberland County:
Jerre Wirt Blank Funeral Home, Sunbury,
Farrow Funeral Home, Shamokin
Brooks Funeral Home, Turbotville
Olley-Gotlob Funeral Home, Sunbury
Shaw Funeral Home, Milton
David T. Zweier Funeral Home, Sunbury
Stutz Funeral Home, Mount Carmel
Robert G. Foust Jr. Funeral Home, Trevorton
Stephen Chowka Funeral Home, Shamokin
C.J. Lucas Funeral Home, Mount Carmel
Leonard J. Lucas Funeral Home, Shamokin
Rothermel Funeral Home, Mount Carmel
Cronrath-Grenoble Funeral Home, Watsontown