Warrick County Republicans elected the county's first woman coroner during a special caucus Saturday morning.
Sarah Seaton of Boonville received the majority vote after 48 ballots were cast.
Seaton has a Masters Degree in Nursing and is the Chair of the Breckenridge School of Nursing at ITT Technical Institute in Newburgh.
She told the caucus that 80% of deaths in Warrick County occur in healthcare facilities and her expertise in the health care field will help with expanding health care facilities in the county.
"I've been a nurse for over 20 years working in long term care and other areas of nursing that we deal frequently with are deaths," Seaton said.
"As a nurse it's something that I dealt with daily and I worked very hard to be an advocate for the patient through the dying process and then for the family afterwards. I think that is a big responsibility and the last thing we can do for someone on this Earth is treat them with dignity and respect."
Warrick County is one of 32 counties that use the Vanderburgh County Morgue, but Seaton says Warrick County is in the early planning stages of building a new morgue.
"Warrick County is or actually has approved in their budget to build a morgue within Warrick County.
Seaton said healthcare in the area is expanding and the morgue would benefit the growth.
"With the ever growing healthcare entity within Warrick County, more people honestly are dying within the boudaries of Warrick County, and so the services are very necessary and we'll see that just continue to increase with the expansion on the Warrick Wellness Trail and the other healthcare entities that are existing right now, so I think the numbers really do support the building of that morgue," Seaton said.
Seaton has ten deputy coroners that she says she will utilize to help families who have lost loved ones.
Former coroner Eddie Goff resigned last month after accepting a new job in South Carolina.
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