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County Coroner retires after 14 years

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“You’ve got to know when to hold ’em and know when to fold ’em.”

Cortland County Coroner Whitney Meeker announced plans yesterday to retire after 14 years on the job.

Her letter of resignation officially takes effect December 31, 2020.

Meeker has been one of two coroners in the county since 2007, currently finishing out the second year of a four-year term.

“Over the last 14 years I have had the pleasure of serving the residents of this County,” continued Meeker. “I have handled some very difficult investigations over the years, but I have had the opportunity to meet and work with some really wonderful people.”

The County Legislature will now appoint someone to fill Meeker’s vacancy until December 31, 2021.

A special election is scheduled for November of 2021 to fill the unexpired term.

Until then, the Judiciary and Public Safety Committee will accept resumes from interested candidates.

The committee will then recommend an individual to the full Legislature for appointment on December 17th.

Under New York State law, Coroners investigate all reported deaths to determine the cause.

The part-time position of County Coroner carries a four year term and a salary of $20,747-$25,242 annually.

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