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Madison County coroner resigns; last day is July 31



Madison County, Indiana – The troubled Madison County coroner announced his retirement on Friday and that it was effective immediately.

On July 28, Dr. Troy Abbott sent Gov. Eric Holcomb his letter of resignation, claiming “changes” in his “professional and personal life” as the reason he was resigning.

“I have tried to give an opportunity for a three-month transition period back into the Coroner’s office. I have found that this will not be possible,” Abbott wrote.

According to Abbott, he will retire on Monday, July 31. He referred to his election as coroner as a “great honor.”

“Thank you for allowing me to serve our fellow Hoosiers,” he wrote.

Russ Willis, the chairman of the Madison County Republican Party, announced Abbott’s resignation and indicated the party would choose a replacement in a vote on August 21.

2020 saw the election of Abbott. The coroner’s officer suffered with space issues, notification delays, and infractions that led to fines from the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) during his tenure.

He argued that the county needed a new morgue because the number of deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic and fentanyl overdoses had skyrocketed.

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