Coroner in south Mississippi resigns after cancer diagnosis

BAY ST. LOUIS, Miss. (AP) – A Mississippi coroner has resigned after facing cancer and other health problems.

Jim Faulk filed his resignation letter this month on the coast of Hancock County, WLOX-TV reported. He said he had advanced prostate cancer and was being treated in Mississippi and Georgia. He also said he was diagnosed with COVID-19 in January, causing congestive heart failure.

His letter of resignation was dated July 1, but was not submitted by the circuit administrator until July 12.

Coroner’s duties for Hancock County are handled by Deputy Coroner or Pearl River County Coroner Derek Turnage.

Faulk’s certification was suspended for failing to comply with mandatory reporting to Child Protective Services and the Bureau of Narcotics, failing to comply with proper record keeping and failing to submit documentation for child death investigations, reported WLOX in March.

News outlets also reported that police executed a search warrant at his home and office in March. Faulk said he hadn’t done anything wrong.

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