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Coroner candidate – Robert Alan Mattingly

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(Candidates responses are being printed exactly as they were submitted to the Enterprise.)

Full name: I will be listed on the ballot as R. Alan Mattingly. My full name is Robert Alan Mattingly.
Age: I am 55 years old
Address: 75 Jones Lane in Loretto
Campaign website: https://www.facebook.com/MattinglyforCoroner/.
Campaign email: RobertMattingly78@gmail.com.
 
Educational background:
I am a graduate of Mid-America College of Funeral Service in Jeffersonville, Indiana. During graduation ceremonies, I was presented with the Bill Pierce award. This award is given to the student who is judged by his fellow classmates to be the most representative of Funeral Service and is named for the college founder. I was also awarded the Pi Sigma Eta Fraternity Academic award for having the highest grade point average. Following graduation, I served as a clinical embalming instructor for the college.
 
Work experience:
I am a third generation Funeral Director and Embalmer and have been dually licensed for 34 years. My work experience began at a very early age with washing the hearse before funerals and riding along on non-emergency ambulance runs. Eventually, I helped out with all aspects of funeral service at Mattingly Funeral Home. By the time I graduated from Marion County High School, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life; Work with my family in my home town and raise a family like the one I was blessed to have grown up in. My first job away from my family’s funeral home was at Pearson Funeral Home in Louisville. I attended school in the daytime and worked visitations and went on death calls at night. It was there that I completed my apprenticeship and obtained my Funeral Director and Embalmer’s licenses. I later worked in Lexington as assistant manager of Kentucky Mortuary Service and later as an Embalmer with Milward Funeral Directors. I returned to Marion County and rejoined the family funeral home in 1994 just after our first child was born. I was appointed deputy coroner in 2003. Presently, I serve as funeral home manager and deputy coroner.
 
Family information:
I am married to the former Cynthia Anna Harmon. We will celebrate our 30th anniversary in July. Cyndi recently retired after 30 years with UK College of Pharmacy in Lexington. She is now looking forward to devoting more time to her passion which is theatre costuming at the Springfield Opera House. We have two sons, Alex and Joseph. Alex studies History at UK and Joseph studies music and theatre at Campbellsville University. My extended family includes my parents, Junie and Carolyn Mattingly and my siblings and their spouses, Donna and Stephen Brady, Joe and Carol Mattingly, Norine and Bruce Masterson, Laura and Wayne Mitchell and Gail and David Boggs.
 
Organizations/clubs involved in:
Some of the ways I have been involved with the local community in the past include serving as President of the Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Ham Days committee, Library board member, City of Loretto Commissioner and Loretto Youth League Coach. Presently, I serve as Treasurer for the non-profit Loretto Child Care Center, Chairman of the West Marion Family Resource Center Advisory Council, member of the St. Francis of Assisi Church finance committee and a third degree member of Knights of Columbus.
 
Why are you running for coroner?
Because I feel strongly that the position should be filled by an experienced candidate. I wish to acknowledge the admirable service of Dick Moraja throughout his more than 40 years with the coroner’s office. He has chosen not to seek re-election but I know he will continue to mentor his son Richard who has agreed to serve as my deputy. His outstanding dedication and service has set a very high standard for all of us to follow. I am grateful for the privilege of serving as his deputy for the past 15 years. My fellow deputy, Tom Colvin, also chose not to run and is to be congratulated for his outstanding service as well. If elected, I will be inviting him to continue as a deputy. Our team will be very qualified and experienced, just as the citizens of Marion County deserve.
 
What are your qualifications to serve as coroner? What knowledge and experiences have prepared you for this position?
If elected, I will be ready to go on day one. I am already certified by the Department of Justice to conduct postmortem examinations. Over the past 15 years, I have successfully completed 292 hours of Coroners training covering a wide range of subjects from Crime Scene Investigation to Mass Fatality Response. I have handled all types of cases including homicides, suicides and accidents. Prior to my time as deputy coroner, I worked under my father, Junie Mattingly, who was Coroner from 1977 until 2003.
 
If elected, what will be your priorities in office? 
Conducting thorough and professional death investigations while treating family members with the utmost compassion and respect and providing appropriate care of family’s deceased loved ones.
 
What are the most important issues facing county coroner?
As with all government agencies, budgets are tightening. Continuing to work with local partners such as funeral homes and medical facilities is the key to keeping the cost to taxpayers low.
The increase in the number of opioid related deaths combined with the rise in indigent/unclaimed body’s results in greater responsibilities for the coroner. 
Current mass shootings and terrorist attacks require all government agencies to be prepared. Coroner’s must attend training and work with other emergency services to develop, maintain and update response plans. 
 
If elected, what changes or improvements would you make?
I have recently accepted an invitation to participate in the Regional Child Fatality Review Team based out of Elizabethtown. This group will bring together other local and regional community partners such as Health Departments and Social Services to develop action plans to prevent unnecessary deaths.
I will collaborate with neighboring county coroners to apply for grants to obtain new equipment and explore the feasibility of a regional morgue facility.
I will work with emergency services in updating the county Mass Fatality Response Plan to ensure readiness.
 
What else would you like voters to know about you?
I pledge to serve all people with dignity and respect and to do my duty with honesty and integrity. I humbly ask for your vote and support.