Evaluation of McHenry County Coroner’s Office highlights lack of operational oversight

WOODSTOCK – A third-party evaluation of the McHenry County Coroner’s Office after the resignation of former Coroner Anne Majewski characterized the department as being in an “abhorrent and dysfunctional state.”

The report, which was conducted by Dr. Dennis Kellar, highlighted a number of deficiencies, including a lack of security and quality assurance of fluid and tissue evidence, failure to meet minimum standards of education for deputy coroners and limited operational oversight.

 McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks said reading the report made his blood boil.

“The mess we uncovered shows that an elected coroner is a bad idea for a county our size,” Franks said.

He also said that the 200-year-old process of choosing people via election to serve as a coroner based on limited qualifications is plain wrong.

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