A vacancy was created when former Coroner Adam Gray stepped down, citing professional and family reasons for the decision. Starke County has partnered with Jasper County in the interim to continue providing the Coroner service.
Members of the Democratic Party in Starke County had previous planned to caucus on September 10th. It was found the party was four hours short of a 10-day requirement to allow candidates to develop a declaration of candidacy.
According to Democratic Party Chairman Kenny Wallace, the caucus will now take place on September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. at the VFW. While Starke County has 21 precincts, 18 precinct committee members will vote on the list of candidates.
Jasper County Coroner Dr. Andrew Boersma has said they would be happy to assist with the transition.
Any Coroner appointed in Starke County would be required to take a class as well as complete an externship with a pathologist to better operate the office in the future.