Rock County Official Says Change Needed After Coroner Arrest

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A Rock County supervisor says they should get rid of their elected coroner system and replace it with a medical examiner. That way, the county could fire the person in the position. A coroner is elected, and therefore, can't be fired.

Supervisor Adam Peer made the suggestion after the county's six-term coroner, Karen Gilbertson, was accused of stealing drugs from the homes of dead people and pocketing fees meant to pay for cremation permits.

Gilbertson remains coroner and can be removed only by the governor's office, for cause, which likely would require a conviction.

Gilbertson is on a three month leave and is still receiving her $48,000 annual salary.