Louisville mayor appoints first female coroner

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Mayor Jerry Abramson has appointed
Barbara Weakley-Jones as coroner in Metro Louisville. She is the
first woman to hold the position.
Abramson said Weakley-Jones brings a multitude of experience to
the job and is highly respected by her colleagues. She has been a
state medical examiner since 1981 and has worked a number of
high-profile cases.
Weakley-Jones said Monday she is "honored" to be named to the
position in her hometown.
She has written numerous works and lectured across the country
on a variety of issue, from how to treat cadavers discovered in
water to teaching students and aspiring coroners about the smells
of death.
Weakley-Jones replaces Ron Holmes, who is retiring on Nov. 1.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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