Traditionally, the Chief Deputy Coroner would fill the role on an interim basis until a permanent replacement can be found. However, the current Chief Deputy Coroner, Dr. Michael DeFatta, has declined this position.
The St. Tammany Parish Council is expected to fill the interim position within 20 days, then begin searching for a permanent replacement.
According to a news release from the council, “only those individuals who agree not to be candidates in the election to be called to fill the unexpired term of Coroner should apply” for the interim position.
Read the full text of the release here: STP Council – Coroner PRESS RELEASE _Oct 18 2013_