The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 16, 2013

Can't be in two places at the same time


And on that note, when will someone seriously take a hard look at term limits in all government? The worst that may happen to the incumbent is he may need to decrease his 10-day cruise to the Bahamas down to a 7-day cruise.

I cannot argue the job as the coroner can be demanding at times, but he has two other deputy coroners also earning a salary so he truly is not on call 24/7, 365 days a year. If he was, he surely couldn't be running a funeral home which is very time consuming and is definitely a 24/7, 365 day a year job. The fact is there are only 24 hours in one day and you can't be in two places at one time. And allow me to take a past comment which I believe was one of his or his supporters, "death doesn't wait."

As per the "Right to Know" request I submitted for the years 2011 through 2013, the incumbent coroner, or any of his staff has never attended a county meeting with the exception of this one. Curious if he would have attended if they were looking to increase the row office salaries? If I was a betting man, I would bet that since the incumbent was first elected to office this was not just his first, but the only meeting he has ever attended. Not to mention the other 12 years when he was the deputy coroner or chief deputy coroner.

So out of two-plus decades since he has been in the coroner's office in some capacity, he has attended one meeting?

So I ask, is he running a full-time coroner's office or a full-time funeral home?

In conclusion, what really disturbed me and not as a candidate, but as a taxpayer, was the threat made prior to the vote about suing the county if the commissioners decreased the row office salaries. On what grounds is anyone suing the county? The salaries being decreased are for the new row officers going into office and not any individual. And the last time I checked Mr. Kelley, there is an election to be held on Nov. 5.

n Leo J. Mirolli Jr. is the Republican candidate for Northumberland County coroner. He is a certified paramedic and licensed funeral director.

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