BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Senate bill aimed to get rid of the Brunswick County coroner is moving forward to the House floor after getting favorable votes Wednesday morning.
The House Local Government Committee heard Senate Bill 215 this morning.
Rep. Ted Davis (R-New Hanover County) chairs the House Local Government Committee. He said the bill got all favorable votes when it was heard this morning. He said the bill will move to the House floor any day now. Davis said the committee heard another similar bill this morning. SB 880 aims to eliminate the coroner is Caswell County. Davis said there was some discussion about the possibility of removing all of the coroners in the state next year. That was not definite, though; just discussion.
Brunswick is one of only a few counties left across the state with an elected coroner. Greg White currently holds the office.
“After 31 years of service, I have served and served well,” White said.
White said he is concerned for the citizens of Brunswick County, because he said his office is “the boots on the ground” so to speak. He said if this position is eliminated, it would leave the county in a bad situation.
White is an elected official. He said his office gets no county benefits. He said they are considered contracted employees. He has two assistants. White said he has not received any pay since 2006. He said he has chosen not to turn any time in to receive a salary. He said he only submits his assistants’ pay. White said the salary paid out is approximately $11,000.
If the bill does not go forward, he said he will continue to serve the citizens as they want him to. If the bill does go forward, White said he will still continue to oversee his three funeral homes. White said Rabon has not contacted him since he originally filed the bill in 2015.