Republican Paul Brouthers faces Democrat Randy Brown in the open seat for Dorchester County Coroner tomorrow. Longtime Coroner Chris Nisbet resigned in February after being arrested for pulling a gun on a neighbor. Governor Nikki Haley appointed Chief Deputy Coroner Alice Durr to complete the remainder of Nisbet’s term.
Brouthers, a licensed funeral director, is a retired South Carolina Highway Patrolman. He wants to convince Dorchester County Council to increase staffing in the Coroner’s office, reconfigure the 212 Deming Street facility in Summerville, and explore establishing a satellite office in St. George.
Brown, who once worked in the Coroner’s office, is currently a firefighter in the St. Andrews Public Service District in Charleston County. He wants upgrade technology in the office and forge a positive relationship with law enforcement agencies. Brown seeks to promote initiatives to reduce drunk driving and school bullying, which both result in fatalities.
The Coroner is required to attend autopsies and must determine the cause of deaths occurring in Dorchester County.