Shawnee Co. Coroner employees fired after voicing concerns with commissioners

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TOPEKA (WIBW)-- A total of three Shawnee County Coroner's Office employees, two of which voiced their concerns to commissioners about the coroner's office being privatized are no longer employed by the agency.

According to the Topeka Capital-Journal, Forensic Medical Holdings LLC terminated the employment of Alan Martinez, Annette Carper, and Kristen Row June 7th.

That was the same day Martinez and Carper publically criticized the office and told commissioners they would save money and better serve residents if they worked directly for the county.

The coroner's office privatized in 2015, entering a contract with Forensic Medical Holdings in Kansas City, Kansas, where district coroner Charles Glenn is employed.

Glenn recently sold his own company, Mid-America Forensic Pathology, to Forensic Medical Holdings.

During the June 7th County Commission meeting, commissioners voted unanimously to enter a 19-month contract with the company.

In a statement sent to 13 NEWS early Thursday morning, Commissioner Bob Archer called the employees "disgruntled."

Archer went on to say "none of their statements rang true to me, and a combative attitude instead of a cooperative attitude is always a red flag."