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David Taylor appointed as Cape County deputy coroner

The Cape Girardeau County Commission approved the hiring of David Taylor as deputy coroner on Feb. 15 to assist Sheriff Ruth Ann Dickerson with the administrative duties of the coroner.

The county sheriff has served as interim coroner since Feb. 8, when Circuit Judge Jerel L. Poor signed a preliminary order in quo warranto that immediately removed Wavis Jordan from performing his duties as the coroner.

Dickerson said the appointment of Taylor will help her office catch up on paperwork related to the coroner’s office and will help them be capable of handling the administrative side of the coroner’s duties.

“My staff and I are fully prepared, as per statute, for anytime we can assist the coroner,” Dickerson said. “We can step in and fill in for the coroner in their absence, but encompassing what’s going on right now – it might be more than just a day or two.”

Dickerson will remain interim coroner while Jordan’s quo warranto case remains pending. Jordan is accused of stealing from a deceased person’s wallet, knowingly entering the wrong cause of death for multiple individuals, failing to obtain blood from deceased individuals, soliciting family members regarding funeral arrangements and failing to investigate the causes of several individuals’ death.

In addition, Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey filed four criminal charges against Jordan, including one Class D misdemeanor count of stealing without consent and three Class E felony counts of providing false information to vital records.

Dickerson said she reached out to Taylor while researching the coroner’s duties and he agreed to come on as a deputy sheriff. “He is more than capable,” she said. “He’s already very knowledgeable of the paperwork and very knowledgeable of the computer programs.”

Taylor has previous experience working as a deputy coroner for Cape Girardeau County and Bollinger County.

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at cbjedit@socket.net.

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