Bill to abolish Brunswick County coroner passes

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — There will no longer be a coroner in Brunswick County after this year.

The North Carolina House of Representatives voted today to approve SB 215, which abolishes the office. Because it is what’s called a local bill, it now becomes law without needing the governor’s signature.

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Greg White has served as Brunswick County Coroner for three decades. He said Sen. Bill Rabon (R-Brunswick County), who introduced the bill last year, never contacted him about the bill nor explained why he brought it forward.

This afternoon White sent out a statement about his office being abolished:

“It has been a honor to serve as coroner for the last 31 years. I have had the privilege to meet some wonderful people at very difficult and tragic times throughout my time as coroner. I hope the very best for everyone that will be affected by this change. I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and overwhelming show of support concerning this matter. I would like to thank Commissioners Pat Sykes and Mary Cooke for keeping their promise to work to keep this office since (the bill) was introduced one year ago. Myself and my assistants will finish this term that the citizens of this county elected me to do. They have gotten rid of the position, but they haven’t gotten rid of me. When God closes one door he always opens another.”

White, who is an elected official, recently told WWAY 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.