Barrett seeks coroner re-election

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Edgar County Coroner Scott Barrett is a candidate for re-election in 2020.

Barrett started circulating his nominating petition Sept. 3 in compliance with Illinois election laws. He has until the end of November to file the petition with the Edgar County Clerk and Recorder to have his name on the March 17 primary ballot.

He is the first Edgar County Coroner to not operate the coroner’s office from a private business location.

“My biggest challenge was putting in place an independently located office,” said Barrett, adding he appreciates the county board’s efforts in helping make that a reality.

The location at Horizon Health/Paris Community Hospital provides a place to park the coroner’s van for transporting bodies, office space for doing reports, filing and keeping records and a private space where Barrett can meet with family members of the deceased.

“We now have our own morgue,” said Barrett. “That’s where a lot of the effort went during the past four years.”

Barrett acknowledged the coroner’s role is not always easy and one that many might find distasteful. He sees it as a way to serve and give back to the community.

“It’s not easy because you are always dealing with people on their worst day,” said Barrett. “Anything I can do to ease that, then I’m fortunate that I can help.”