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Ethics Charged Dropped In Coroner Case


The Fayette County Ethics Commission is dropping ethics complaints against county coroner Gary Ginn.

Following more than an hour of testimony Thursday night, the commission voted not to proceed with two complaints filed by Ginn’s GOP opponent, Larry Owens.

Owens had alleged that Ginn’s two jobs – county coroner and body bequeathal coordinator for the University of Kentucky Medical Center – could count as a conflict of interest. The coroner candidate also charged that Ginn receives full-time pay from the county despite working part-time.

While the commission isn’t disclosing the reasons for dismissing the complaints, Ginn has argued that UK confirmed there would be no conflict of interest when he was hired. He also disputes the charge dealing with hours, saying he is available at all times.

Referring to the election, Owens told the Lexington Herald-Leader the matter is now in the hands of Fayette County citizens.