After decades of paying the coroner a flat fee per case, the Sheridan County commissioners are considering a salary for the elected official.
The position is the only one of the six elected county officials in Sheridan County that's not on salary.
The commissioners debated the issue Monday morning as part of a salary discussion. Through the conversation, several issues were brought up, including whether or not a coroner, by state law, can be affiliated with a funeral home as has been the practice in Sheridan County. Some questioned whether that's a conflict of interest. Others wondered if that should be changed because by state statute government officials cannot personally profit from an elected position.
By the end of the discussion, commission Chairman Terry Cram asked current coroner PJ Kane to put together two proposals to bring back to the commission – one supporting a salary position and the other establishing the coroner as a contract employee. The goal would be, he said, to make the decision before the filing period for offices opens in mid May. Kane's term expires this year.