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Coroner position officially open in Hancock County following Jim Faulk’s resignation

Published: Jul. 16, 2021 at 3:12 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2021 at 6:57 AM CDT
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HANCOCK COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - The position of coroner in Hancock County is now open. The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Monday to accept Jim Faulk’s resignation.

Candidates interested in the position can now enroll for a special election, which will be held Nov. 2, 2021.

Faulk submitted his resignation letter due to battling continuous health complications. In Faulk’s resignation letter, he said he was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer and has been in-and-out of treatment center at Hancock, Memorial Hospital and Emory Winship Institute in Atlanta.

He also said back in January 2021, he was diagnosed with COVID-19 that caused congested heart failure. The resignation letter is dated July 1, 2021 but it wasn’t filed by the circuit clerk until July 12.

In March 2021, Faulk’s certification was suspended. Faulk’s suspension was based on potential violations, including potential failure to comply with mandatory reporting to Child Protective Services, reporting overdose deaths to the Bureau of Narcotics, potential failure to comply with adequate preservation of evidentiary samples, and potential failure to submit correct documentation as required for child death investigations.

It was also reported in March that police executed a search warrant at his home and office. However, Faulk said all allegations against him were false and he did nothing wrong.

The coroner’s duties for Hancock County are being handled by the deputy coroner or Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage.

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