Marion County Coroner Kenneth Ackles withdrew today as a candidate for coroner in the May 6 primary.
Of the two Democrats who filed to run for coroner before today's noon deadline, one was a former chief deputy coroner. John Linehan was fired by Ackles and later won a racial discrimination judgment that ordered the coroner's office to pay him more than $400,000 in damages. The other Democratic candidate is Dr. Frank Lloyd Jr.
The Marion County Democratic Party slated Ackles as its pick for the primary last Saturday. That same day, the Indianapolis Star reported that Ackles had failed to pass portions of a required training course mandated under a new state law.
Other controversies involving Ackles stemmed from his firing of the forensic pathology group hired to perform autopsies, and a police and prosecutor's office investigation following the theft by someone in the coroner's office of more than $3,000 from a body at the morgue.
On the Republican side, Dr. John Pless won the party's backing and is the only GOP candidate filed to run for coroner. Pless, a forensic pathologist, has been coroner in two other counties and also has performed autopsies for Marion County as part of an Indiana University teaching program.
Ackles was elected in 2004 and took office in January 2005. He is a chiropractor and the first nonphysician to hold the office in Marion County in more than 40 years.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Ackles Withdraws From Coroner's Race
Kenneth Ackles has withdrawn his candidacy for re-election as Marion County Coroner after he was re-slated by county Democrats just last weekend. That leaves two Democratic candidates in the field, including former Chief Deputy Coroner John Linehan and Dr. Lloyd Frank, Jr. The Republicans nominated Dr. John Pless as their candidate for coroner. The Star's Brendan O'Shaughnessy has this online update on this new development: