Athens County Appoints Temporary Coroner

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Only days after former Athens County Coroner Harold C. Thompson announced his resignation, Athens County Commissioners have appointed a temporary volunteer to do the job.

Dr. Carl T. Ortman stepped forward to fill the role. Dr. Ortman currently serves as a physician with Athens Medical Associates. At Tuesday morning's Athens County Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Charlie Adkins said, "During our conversation [Dr. Ortman] seemed to be very excited to take that challenge on."

Thompson offered his resignation last Thursday, September 25 through a one-sentence letter to the county commissioners. It read, "This letter is to announce my intention to resign my position as the Athens County coroner as of the end of the day on Sept. 30, 2014."  Thompson was elected as the Athens County coroner in November, 2008.