Shawnee Co. Coroner Gone After Friday

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - In a few days, Shawnee Co. will be without a coroner. The current one, Dr. Donald Pojman said his last day will be Friday, June 13.

He said he's been talking to county commissioners about leaving the position for some time. He said the decision was based on health concerns, his only child leaving for college, and wanting to spend more time with his wife.

Pojman explained working dual positions as district coroner and forensic pathologist because of budget cuts has made the workload rough.

"It was impossible for me to oversee everything and I wasn't happy with that," he said. "They need one and a half docs or just one person acting as district coroner during administrative staff and the other doing the forensic work."

In 2012, commissioners slashed the coroner's budget more than half.

"It was time for a change and a time to move on," said County Commissioner Bob Archer. "Again this is a critical position in Shawnee Co. We expect excellent performance from whoever's in that position."

Archer said commissioners are studying the county's options. Among them is former county coroner Erik Mitchell who said he is interested in contracting for the service through his company -- Frontier Forensics.