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Hamilton County, OH November 2, 2004 Election
Candidates Answer Questions on the Issues
Coroner; County of Hamilton

The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area and asked of all candidates for this office.

See below for questions on Qualifications, Top Priority, Pressing Issues

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1. What are your qualifications for office?

Answer from Carl L. Parrott, Jr.:

During ten years as your Coroner, I have directed a regional criminal justice support agency of international stature. As a forensic pathologist with decades of experience, I know how a crime laboratory operates. As a physician, parent and citizen, I am sensitive to the needs and concerns of our community.

Answer from O'dell M. Owens:

Internationally known physician with accomplished administrative skills in medicine, education and business who has served the public on diverse community boards.

2. How would you implement your top priority?

Answer from O'dell M. Owens:

Review all current policies and procedures of the Coroner's office in order to make the appropriate adjustments necessary to:

1)Prevent the infliction of pain and stress upon the families of Hamilton County 2)Prevent lawsuits against the Coroner's Office and loss of taxpayer dollars 3)Earn back the accreditation of the ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education)for Residency Education in Forensic Pathology 4)Establish a better working relationship with the CDC (Center for Disease Control)

3. What do you see as the two most pressing issues you would address if elected? What plans do you have relative to those issues?

Answer from O'dell M. Owens:

Restoring trust and respect in the Coroner's Office with the citizens of Hamilton County.

Restore the image of the Hamilton County Coroner's Office in the national forensic community.

Answer from Carl L. Parrott, Jr.:

1) retaining Hamilton County's role as a strong, convincing voice at the State and national levels promoting humane but effective, Standards-based forensic pathology; 2) finding creative ways to maintain crime laboratory expertise and equipment at levels necessary to support the criminal justice system in an era of governmental budgetary constraints as well as expanding the scope of our efforts in working with federal, state and local authorities in preparing for and mitigating mass fatality events.

Responses to questions asked of each candidate are reproduced as submitted to the League.  Candidates' statements are presented as submitted. The answer must not exceed 75 words. Direct references to opponents are not permitted.

The order of the candidates is random and changes daily.

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